• Insensibly he formed the most delightful habit in the world, the habit of reading: he did not know that thus he was providing himself with a refuge from all the distress of life; he did not know either that he was creating for himself an unreal world which would make the real world of every day a source of bitter disappointment.

    W. Somerset Maugham (2016). “Of Human Bondage (Diversion Classics)”, p.45, Diversion Books