Quotation by George Orwell

The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.
George Orwell (1903–1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, vol. 4, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "Riding Down from Bangor," (1946).
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