Why do we read?

A very insightful comment from one of my Year 10 students this week.  Writing about what she likes about English (their first piece of blog homework) she writes:

I like reading because its like tv in your head! I think writing stories is very cool too because you can write about ANYTHING in the world, you can use your imagination and write wonderful stories.

English helps to get what’s inside of you, out.

From the mouths of babes, huh 🙂  In response to this, I’d like to share a quote that I recently found, by Mexican poet Octavio Paz:

Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.

Any other thoughts/quotation out there people could share on the question of why we read?

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