Books break the shackles of time

What an astonishing thing a book is.

It’s a flat object
made from a tree
with flexible parts
on which are imprinted lots
of funny dark squiggles.

But one glance at it and
you’re inside the mind of another person,
maybe somebody dead
for thousands of years.

Across the millennia,
an author is speaking
clearly and silently
inside your head,
directly to you.

Writing is perhaps
the greatest of humans inventions,
binding together people
who never knew of each other,
citizens of distant epochs.

Books break the shackles of time.

A book is proof
that humans are capable
of working magic.

– Carl Sagan (Cosmos Ep. 11, The Persistence of Memory)

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