February 5, 2013

Quote Garden - You may read because ...

How are you coming with your home library? Do you need some good ammunition on why it's so important to read? The last time I checked the statistics ... I think they indicated that only four percent of the adults in this country have bought a book within the past year. That's dangerous. It's extremely important that we keep ourselves in the top five or six percent.
In one of the Monthly Letters from the Royal Bank of Canada it was pointed out that reading good books is not something to be indulged in as a luxury. It is a necessity for anyone who intends to give his life and work a touch of quality. The most real wealth is not what we put into our piggy banks but what we develop in our heads. Books instruct us without anger, threats and harsh discipline. They do not sneer at our ignorance or grumble at our mistakes. They ask only that we spend some time in the company of greatness so that we may absorb some of its attributes.

You do not read a book for the book's sake, but for your own.

You may read because in your high-pressure life, studded with problems and emergencies, you need periods of relief and yet recognize that peace of mind does not mean numbness of mind.

You may read because you never had an opportunity to go to college, and books give you a chance to get something you missed. You may read because your job is routine, and books give you a feeling of depth in life.

You may read because you did go to college.

You may read because you see social, economic and philosophical problems which need solution, and you believe that the best thinking of all past ages may be useful in your age, too.

You may read because you are tired of the shallowness of contemporary life, bored by the current conversational commonplaces, and wearied of shop talk and gossip about people.

Whatever your dominant personal reason, you will find that reading gives knowledge, creative power, satisfaction and relaxation. It cultivates your mind by calling its faculties into exercise.

Books are a source of pleasure - the purest and the most lasting. They enhance your sensation of the interestingness of life. Reading them is not a violent pleasure like the gross enjoyment of an uncultivated mind, but a subtle delight.

Reading dispels prejudices which hem our minds within narrow spaces. One of the things that will surprise you as you read good books from all over the world and from all times of man is that human nature is much the same today as it has been ever since writing began to tell us about it.

Some people act as if it were demeaning to their manhood to wish to be well-read but you can no more be a healthy person mentally without reading substantial books than you can be a vigorous person physically without eating solid food. Books should be chosen, not for their freedom from evil, but for their possession of good. Dr. Johnson said: "Whilst you stand deliberating which book your son shall read first, another boy has read both.

By Earl Nightingale

7 comments:

  1. So true but at the same time they should lower the price so it stay accessible...here the book even paperback are really expensive 9/10euro in general, we have a library system nearly free ( a small amount to sucribe that's all) that's true but some people in europe think it's too cheap and they want the price to go up it's really a bad idea because for some they are the only way for them to get their hand on a book since they can't afford to buy one

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    1. Book prices are the same as in Belgium apparently, far too expensive in my opinion. Just one of many reasons why I prefer to read books in the English original. Sadly I don't have a good library in town, but I love to go to flea markets and buy books second-hand which also saves a lot of money.

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  2. I agree that one needs to read to keep ones mind active and reading is a great way to relax after a long day.

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    1. Could there be a more enjoyable work-out for the mind? :-)

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  3. If you don't mind reading books a couple years late you can save a fortune by buying them for very little money at garage sales, flea markets, second-hand stores and on-line. I find a lot of them very reasonably on Amazon. Who would pay $25 or euros for a book anymore? If you are a keeper like I am, this is the best way to go.

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    1. I bought books new up until two or three years ago, until a friend asked me why I didn't buy them used. Strangely that had never occurred to me and now I buy most books second-hand. After all, that way we get more books for our money, and more books is never wrong!

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  4. Great article! I'm a book lover also, it's fun and great to have books.

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