Author Marguerite Yourcenar on why we read

“Books are a way of learning to feel more acutely.”

– Marguerite Yourcenar

Sage words from the French author (1903-1987) most famous for her novel Memoirs of Hadrian.

Perhaps this author knows best, having so effectively written from the perspective of  1st Century AD Roman Emperor. Books have a way of opening us up to new ideas, new ways of thinking, and allowing us to see (and feel) the world around us in a different light.

Novels allow us to see the world through the eyes, traditions, and values of others, and this adjusts our experiences and points of view – and, as Yourcenar suggests, teaches us to feel more acutely.

What do you think, readers?


  1. evelyneholingue on January 26, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I agree with the great Yourcenar, in fact. When I read I feel more human. When the book is well done the emotions run high and feelings are what connect all human beings.

    • kimberlysullivan on January 27, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Even across millennia, when done well! : ) Couldn’t agree with you more, Evelyne. But then again, we readers and writers are easy to convince on the important role of books in one’s life!

  2. The Book Keeper on March 13, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Absolutely agree ! 🙂

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