I used to underline sentences that struck me, that made me look up from the page… I noted them for their clarity, their rhythm, their beauty and their enchantment. For surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do… The best sentences orient us, like stars in the sky, like landmarks on a trail.

Jhumpa Lahiri (via theunnovelist)

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