I read, I like, I share (21) : Liv Ullmann

” Let me tell you a story:

There was a man who was ninety years old and he was planting a tree.  Three young boys passed him and they looked at him and they ran around him and they mocked him.  They said to each other, ‘I could understand if he was making something with his hands to help the time go by, but to plant at his age!’

The man behaved as if he didn’t hear them.  Silently, he dug a hole and planted his tree.  Not long after, he died.

Thirty years later, the young boys had turned into middle-aged men and, passing a tree, they took delight in its ripe fruits, which they picked and shared — without recognition.”


— Liv Ullmann 《Choices》



I read, I like, I share (19) : Robert James Waller

“When a woman makes the choice to marry, to have children, in one way her life begins but in another way it stops.

You build a life of details. 

You become a mother, a wife and you stop and stay steady so that your children can move.

And when they leave they take your life of details with them.

And then you’re expected to move again only you don’t remember what moves you because no one has asked in so long.

Not even yourself.”


— Robert James Waller – “The Bridges of Madison County”



Round One: The Games vs. Reading

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx

You can have the television remote and watch the Games.

We are reading.

“If you reckon literature’s consolation, you should try religion.”
“Actually, it isn’t wholly my idea.”
“I’ve been reading this book by Kneeshaw.”
(Shows him the book) “Kneeshaw.  He’s a philosopher.  Frederick Kneeshaw.”
“…I think that’s pronounced Nietszche.”

– Alan Bennett, The History Boys