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"In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back to safety." — Abraham Maslow

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The Bibliothèque Mazarine. The Bibliothèque Mazarine, which in 1945 was joined to the Institut de France, located since 1805 in the Collège des Quatre-Nations, is dependent on the French Ministry of Education. The Bibliothèque Mazarine’s reading room, restored between 1968 and 1974, recreates the surroundings of an important XVIIth century library and, over three hundred and fifty years after its foundation, remains an institution accessible to all, to the merely curious or the learned, nationals and foreigners. (photos by Remi Mathis)

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point  (via bookmania)
“We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life (via bookmania)
“Whenever we need to make an important decision,
it is best to trust impulse and passion,
because reason usually tries to remove us from our dream,
saying that the time is not yet right.
Reason is afraid of defeat,
but intuition enjoys life and its challenges.”
— Paulo Coelho, Acceptance speech delivered to the Brazilian Academy of Letters