Sunday, April 15, 2007

Good Books

I came across this quote attributed to Mark Twain, "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." For many many years, people desired and yearned for either themselves or for their children to receive an education at a school or a university. Now that going to college is commonplace, the books that were once sought after as providing a solid education seem to no longer be utilized in most curriculums. What was once as precious as gold has now become as valuable as clay. So what advantage does one have if he does not read those books which were once the cornerstone of Western Culture just as much as the man who cannot read them. What a shame it is that those books, which are exceptionally cheap to buy now, are no longer being feasted upon by our "erudite" educated mob.

"Books without the knowledge of life are useless, for what should books teach but the art of living?" Samuel Johnson

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