Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thoughts - December 29, 2016

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. -Mortimer J. Adler, philosopher, educator, and author (28 Dec 1902-2001)
We talk about things that shape us - our families, our successes and failures, the places we've lived, our friends and lovers, health, religion, etc. I heard something just the other day about the mate we choose has a 90% influence on every aspect of our life. (hmmm). I have no doubts my greatest influencer has been books, all kinds of books. They have allowed me to experience those things I would never know otherwise....scientist, traveler, musician, astronaut, African lady detective, jet-setter, in the ashes of Ireland, bullfighter, time traveler...I could go on all day and into the night. Some, of course, got through to my very soul and changed who I am. That is why some people are scared of books and ban certain titles. (Obviously that makes me shudder) What they don't realize is a certain book will speak to a certain person. It is rare for one title to change the world...except for the classics and religious texts. Or encyclopedias. Remember them?! - Beth Almond Ford

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