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Daemon
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Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
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Please explain what the second part of the sentence means. Thank you.
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Daemon wrote:
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


...".but they are a mighty pale substitute for life." Word play using "mighty" for intensifier, attached to "bloodless" ( which would be a poor substitute for life )

Bloodless synonyms: anemic, pale, wan, pallid, ashen, colorless, chalky, waxen, white, gray, pasty, drained, drawn, deathly
"his face was bloodless"
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No No No with out books no life exist even blind one can see the world
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By reading books, we gain knowledge, but the better way is to experience real life.
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Books are the source of our knowledge .It is the extract of others experiences. It can be a pale substitute to life. Reading books never hurt unlike real life . It can takes you to the dreamlands .
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'Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.'

They paid for your life mate, so don't knock them.
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I once read "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" and it didn't hurt a bit.
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sad but probably true
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Books are great. They let you experience real life without paying with a single drop of blood.

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Context from : ESSAYS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

II
AN APOLOGY FOR IDLERS


It is surely beyond a doubt that people should be a good deal idle in youth. For though here and there a Lord Macaulay may escape from school honours[9] with all his wits about him, most boys pay so dear for their medals that they never afterwards have a shot in their locker, "and begin the world bankrupt." And the same holds true during all the time a lad is educating himself, or suffering others to educate him. It must have been a very foolish old gentleman who addressed Johnson at Oxford in these words: "Young man, ply your book diligently now, and acquire a stock of knowledge; for when years come upon you, you will find that poring upon books will be but an irksome task." The old gentleman seems to have been unaware that many other things besides reading grow irksome, and not a few become impossible, by the time a man has to use spectacles and cannot walk without a stick. Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life. It seems a pity to sit, like the Lady of Shalott,[10] peering into a mirror, with your back turned on all the bustle and glamour of reality. And if a man reads very hard, as the old anecdote reminds us, he will have little time for thoughts.

Comment: "Stevenson was not yet a well-known writer in 1877 when he composed "An Apology for Idlers" (which, he said, was "really a defense of R.L.S."), but his own days of idleness were about to come to an end. Just a year afterwards he wrote in a letter to his mother, "How's that for busy? It does me good. It was well I wrote my 'Idlers' when I did; for I am now the busiest gent in Christendom."

http://grammar.about.com/od/classicessays/a/apologstevenson.htm

Read the essay: http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/10761/pg10761-images.html
NeuroticHellFem
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Daemon wrote:
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

There was a lot of blood in Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian & Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho. I guess I read bloodier books than most. (Don't mention Twilight!) I probably err on the side of too much reading not enough living, but when I party I party hard. Stevenson's not knocking books, just the lack of balance in the lives of some who are all theory no practice.
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Since I hate life, books are fine with me. Dancing
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