For Tuesday, December 27, 2016:
Literature differs from life in that life is amorphously full of detail, and rarely directs us toward it, whereas literature teaches us to notice. Literature makes us better noticers of life; we get to practice on life itself; which in turn makes us better readers of detail in literature; which in turn makes us better readers of life.
James Wood, HOW FICTION WORKS
Quoted in THE ART OF MEMOIR by Mary Karr