I am having a hard time understanding the following Logan Pearsall Smith quote:
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
Googling didn't help much other than whose quote it is. What exactly does the above quote mean?
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My interpretation is that he finds more satisfaction in the world of books and reading than actual physical experiences in life, contrary to the generally held view that physical experiences are what most people find more satisfying.
More simply: he prefers reading to physical activities and social interaction.
I think it means life is in doing things, not waiting for something to happen.