From “The City of Words”

by Alberto Manguel

“The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.”
–William Hazlitt, Political Essays, 1819

“Language is our common denominator.”

“Writing…a constant flow of language that allowed words to shape and name the reality which is always in the process of being formed.”

“Language as an instrument both to shape and understand reality.”

“Language…forces reality to manifest itself, it burrows into its depths and brings forth the fundamental situations…of the human condition.”

“Language…is a form of loving others.”

“Reading is a task of memory in which stories allow us to enjoy the past experience of others as if it were our own.”

“Stories can feed our consciousness, which can lead to…an essential awareness that develops through confrontation with another’s voice.”

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