"Yet who reads to bring about an end, however desirable? Are there not some pursuits that we practise because they are good in themselves, and some pleasures that are final?"

How Should One Read a Book, The Common Reader: Second Series by Virginia Woolf

The full passage is worth reading. I’d quote it all, but it’s too much for here. She wraps this up beautifully though.

After this series of essays, The Death of a Moth and other Essays was the last collection of essays I read; Meaning that I’ve now read everything published that I could get hold of by Virginia Woolf. I’ve not picked any quotes from there, but Professions for Women is a really good read.