Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (via awritersruminations)

I am sure that if we could follow the course of one single good novel, if we could see the weary who have been cheered by it, the sick who have been comforted, the spent business men whose thoughts have been taken into other channels, we should realise that there is no field of human effort in which a man may better hope that he has attained the highest aim of existence by making the world a little pleasanter through his presence in it.