„Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.“

A literatura é a maneira mais agradável de ignorar a vida.
Variant: To write is to forget. Literature is the pleasantest way of ignoring life.
Source: The Book of Disquietude, trans. Richard Zenith, text 116

Original

Escrever é esquecer. A literatura é a maneira mais agradável de ignorar a vida

Variant: A literatura é a maneira mais agradável de ignorar a vida.
Source: The Book of Disquiet

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