Thursday, October 20, 2005

Books, Books, Books (Addendum)

Throughout the generations, great thinkers have realized the importance of reading. The following quotations are an addendum to my last post.

Rene Descartes(1596) – Reading all the good books is like a conversation with the finest men of past centuries.

Richard Steel (1627) – Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Thomas Jefferson (1743) – I cannot live without books.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803) – Many times the reading of a book has made the fortune of the man – has decided his way of life.

Gustave Flaubert ((1821) – Read in order to live

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemons) (1835) – The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.

John Burroughs (1837) – If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature.

Anonymous – Our civilization is the sum of the knowledge and memories accumulated by generations that have gone before us. We can only partake of it if we are able to make contact with the ideas of these past generations. The only way to do this – is by reading.

1 comment:

Carol said...

Some great quotes about reading. I use quotes about reading in my monthly reading newsletter. So those were particularly interesting to me. I've used the Mark Twain quote and the Richard Steel quote before.