Some Thoughts On Reading From Various Authors

“I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it.”

Woodrow Wilson

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”

P.J. O’Rourke

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

Maya Angelou

“Keep reading books, but remember that a book is only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.”

Maxim Gorky

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

Oscar Wilde

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Some Thoughts On Books From Various Authors

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Neil Gaiman

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

Oscar Wilde

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

Stephen King

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

Fran Lebowitz

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

C.S. Lewis

Some Thoughts On Reading From Various Authors

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

Oscar Wilde

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

Oscar Wilde

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

Charles William Eliot

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”

Francis Bacon

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

Fran Lebowitz

Here is a video for your enjoyment from Mortimer J. Adler from How To Read A Book:

Currently Analytically Reading: Antifragile By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This is most likely the third time I have read this book and there is so much to glean from it that I will most likely read it a fourth time in the future. This time I am reading it for more insight in looking at problems that are presented to me and their solutions (if there is one).

I am learning that I must sharpen my questions if I am going to come to a better understanding of what I am facing and what the world around me is facing. Readers, are you sharpening your questions and becoming your own best teacher.

I have currently started teaching tennis again to juniors from the ages of eight to eighteen. My job is to teach them to be their own best teacher. When you are out on the court alone, you must be able to come up with a strategy and solutions to offset your opponent. This hopefully will carry over for them into life’s everyday problems that we all face.

I highly (once again) recommend this book and I am including a video from the author concerning his thoughts:

Book Of Interest: In A Different Key: The Story Of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker

In A Different Key: The Story Of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker tells a tight-knit story of the misunderstanding of autism and its discovery over seventy-five years with the diagnosis of Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi. The book explores the political battles as well as the shame that families went through and are still going through. Families are faced with finding a place in the world for those afflicted with this condition and political struggles are shared such as freeing children from nightmarish institutions, campaigns for the right for these children to go to school, educating the world about the true meaning of autism and aiding society in accepting autistic people.

This book shares the intimate stories of those who have fought long and hard against the controversies that surround autism such as vaccines and whether a cure for autism should be pursued. This book does an excellent job in examining the history of autism and the struggles as well as the progress that has been made in the acceptance of autism and the effect of our society.

Here is a video from the authors for your viewing:

Book Of Interest: Schools On Trial By Nikhil Goyal

Book Of Interest: Schools On Trial By Nikhil Goyal

Schools On Trial by twenty year old Nikhal Goyal attacks how we are using the principle of teach to the test and are stifling our student’s creativity and freedom to learn because of it. He prescribes taking the common sense approach of using a student’s gifts and applying them to their drive and passion in maximizing learning.

He explores, at his own high school, Syosset in Long Island, New York, and which was ranked by Newsweek as the 143rd best high school in the United States, the downside of high school education as it entails cliques, bullying and other negative aspects of our social world and how it causes our educational system to further deteriorate. This book shows the reader the destruction of standardized education and its effects on our country and its creativity.

This book came out on February 16th, and I look forward to reporting on it further. Here is a video from the author talking about his book.

Some Thoughts On Reading From Mortimer J. Adler

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”

Mortimer J. Adler

“….a good book can teach you about the world and about yourself. You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser. Not just more knowledgeable – books that provide nothing but information can produce that result. But wiser, in the sense that you are more deeply aware of the great and enduring truths of human life.”

Mortimer J. Adler

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom in learning from books as well as from nature.”

Mortimer J. Adler

“The great authors were great readers, and one way to understand them is to read the books they read.”

Mortimer J. Adler

“A good book deserves an active reading. The activity of reading does not stop with the work of understanding what a book says. It must be completed by the work of criticism, the work of judging. The undemanding reader fails to satisfy this requirement, probably even more than he fails to analyze and interpret. He not only makes no effort to understand; he also dismisses a book simply by putting it aside and forgetting it. Worse than faintly praising it, he damns it by giving it no critical consideration.”

Mortimer J. Adler