Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Reading for life

Sometimes, I lament that people nowadays do not read enough. But of cos, that's a sweeping statement judging from the healthy book sales figures worldwide. Bookshops and Amazon prove to be highly profitable businesses. Publishers reap a good yield and (many) authors live like kings. One can never overemphasize the importance of reading, but it seems like the younger generation is overwhelmed by an avalanche of distractions, all competing for their attention.

I was a child addicted to the written word, until the obligations of life starts to take precedence. Well, but still, we ought to read constantly. If reading has become a luxury (when it should have been a necessity), we should indulge often. I tend to be rather verbose in my writings and this is one of the reasons reading my entries may have proved more painful then enjoyable. (Many popular blogs simply let graphics do the talking, thereby garnering great readership, places like XX's site. Whoa, pun so unintended).
So, to cut the long story short, I shall enlist the help of several learned fellas to whet your appetite for reading. =)

I read myself out of poverty long before I worked myself out of poverty. ~Walter Anderson

The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. ~Mark Twain

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. ~ G.M. Trevelyan

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. ~Robertson Davies

Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely- read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. ~Hesketh Pearson

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.~Thomas Carlyle

Daily Trivia: (another quote)

True Eloquence Can Never Exist In the Absence of Wisdom. ~Ivy Yeo

(unless some sage holds prior authorship to this statement).


Blogger Heavenly Sword said...

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." ~Mark Twain

In fact, the man who read lousy books might be worse off than the man who can't read them, because firstly he's wasting his time, and secondly, he may learn the wrong things....

7:02 PM  

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