"Maybe all wondrous books appear in our lives the way Milo’s tollbooth appears, an inexplicable gift, cast up by some curious chance that comes to feel, after we have finished and fallen in love with the book, like the workings of a secret purpose. Of all the enchantments of a beloved book the most mysterious – the most phantasmal – is the way they always seem to come our way precisely when we need them."
— Michael Chabon, Afterward to The Phantom Tollbooth
"When we scold our schoolteachers about the low reading scores of their students, we pretend that it is the easiest thing in the world: to teach a person to read and write. Try it sometime, and you will discover that it is nearly impossible."
(Source: rabhelpants, via acciomjollnir)