„Books are the mirrors of the soul.“

—  Virginia Woolf, libro Between the Acts

Origine: Between the Acts

Ultimo aggiornamento 03 Giugno 2021. Storia
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scrittrice, saggista e attivista britannica 1882 - 1941

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„Others are mirrors of one's soul.“

—  Carlos Gershenson Mexican researcher 1978

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„A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799

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Variant translations of first portion: A book is a mirror: If an ape peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out. — this has actually been the most commonly cited form, but it is based on either a loose non-literal translation or a mistranslation of the German original: Ein Buch ist Spiegel, aus dem kein Apostel herausgucken kann, wenn ein Affe hineinguckt.
Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook E (1775 - 1776)
Contesto: A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out. We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.

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„The soul that feeds on books alone —
I count that soul exceeding small
That lives alone by book and creed,—
A soul that has not learned to read.“

—  Joaquin Miller American judge 1837 - 1913

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Contesto: p>Behold this sea, that sapphire sky!
Where nature does so much for man,
Shall man not set his standard high,
And hold some higher, holier plan?
Some loftier plan than ever planned
By outworn book of outworn land?Where God has done so much for man,
Shall man for God do aught at all?
The soul that feeds on books alone —
I count that soul exceeding small
That lives alone by book and creed,—
A soul that has not learned to read.</p

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„A book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us.“

—  Carlos Ruiz Zafón, libro L'ombra del vento

Variante: Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
Origine: The Shadow of the Wind

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„Art is the magic mirror you make to reflect your invisible dreams in visible pictures. You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul.“

—  George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

The She-Ancient, in Pt. V
Origine: 1920s, Back to Methuselah (1921)
Contesto: Art is the magic mirror you make to reflect your invisible dreams in visible pictures. You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul. But we who are older use neither glass mirrors nor works of art. We have a direct sense of life. When you gain that you will put aside your mirrors and statues, your toys and your dolls.

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„A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.“

—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881

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