‘You only need one ray of light to chase all the shadows away,’ she said to him once, when he asked why she had to be so upbeat the whole time.
From the book, A man called Ove
Teach when you are filled with wonder, before you become a boring expert.
— Mark Pilgrim (via Matt Mullenweg)
‘You sound critical.’
‘ I am only pointing to the obvious. If he hadn’t wasted so much of his life correcting students’ grammar and sitting through boring meetings, he might have written more, perhaps even bwritten better. But he was not a child. He knew what he was doing. He made his choice.’
‘On the other hand, being a teacher allowed him contact with a younger generation. Which he might not have had, had he withdrawn from the world and devoted himself solely to writing.’
Interesting point in that last sentence. Wonder how current writers maintain contact with the younger generations. Or is that another reason why the younger generations have given up on reading books for leisure, with the exception of fantasy genre – the writers are so out of touch with them they can’t relate to any bit of the books.