sunday words: some pleasures that are final

“Yet who reads to bring about an end however desirable? Are there not some pursuits that we practice because they are good in themselves, some pleasures that are final? And is not (reading) among them? I have sometimes dreamt, at least, that when the Day of Judgment dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards — their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble — the Almighty will turn to Peter and say, not without a certain envy when He sees us coming with our books under arms, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading.”

from Virginia Woolf’s essay, “How Should One Read a Book?”

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