I'm back again with more about books. (For those of you who are weary of hearing about books and reading, you would do well to skip this post.)
I found an excellent article entitled "Reading good, old-fashioned books can still empower society." The author, a mother of four boys, extolled the virtues of reading, both for herself and for her sons. Her words immediately resonated within me, for I cannot imagine a world without books, without the joy of reading and learning and traveling to wherever books take me.
She included several quotes that I'd like to share with you:
"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to chosen ignorance."--Confucious
"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy."--Edward P. Morgan
And finally. "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." Ray Bradbury
This I know for sure: a world without books, without reading, would be a barren wasteland.