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Daemon
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The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
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Daemon wrote:
The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)


Either that or their most well thought out deceptions!

Literacy is simply another form of slavery until one decides to critically analyze the text within the greater context of human nature, human history and whatever other general grammar and logic applies.

The Trivium Method - Gene Odening (entire) - what you should have been taught in school but weren't
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AszYrxtzNQE
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You should read all books and articles with an open mind! You can't believe in everything you hear or read.
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Books lose much of its magic since then. Whom we may blame for such development? Will this magic ever come back in full swing?
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Anxious that's what happens when you write, really? Not today, though.
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Thanks a lot for the great quote and great comments II...

This is a thought from "Fragments of Zeno" : friendship, freedom, piety, riches, beauty, the arts of kingship and general ship, even success in culinary operations belong to the wise man alone: he is never mistaken, never regrets what he has done, feels no compassion, and is absolutely free from every form of emotion.

Just sharing, hoping it might add to your collection of thoughts my friends...

Justin
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Descartes had a charitable view on books, but maybe they were better back then. Nowadays you can expect even bestsellers to be diluted by filler content.
Anatolian
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Daemon wrote:
The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)


This quotation emphasizes that conversation via writing is a much effective way of communicating ideas than verbal conversation. When speaking to someone, we are usually affected by emotional disturbances that prevent us from expressing our thoughts perfectly. Therefore, I think that invention of writing led to a leap in the mental development of humans.

By the way, the original quotation is the following (from Discourse on the method).

"La lecture de tous bons livres est comme une conversation avec les plus honnêtes gens des siècles passés qui en ont été les auteurs, et même une conversation étudiée, en laquelle ils ne nous découvrent que les meilleures de leurs pensées." - Discours de la méthode (1637)


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Bully_rus wrote:
Books lose much of its magic since then. Whom we may blame for such development? Will this magic ever come back in full swing?


The first skill in reading is picking the right books. They are fascinating.

Try Tragedy and Hope by Presidential Mentor and CFR historian Professor Carroll Quigley. It's revelations, while presented very matter of factly, are simply astonishing and profound beyond measure!

http://real-world-news.org/bk-quigley/00.html

Chapter 19 is very revealing with absolute blockbuster revelations… it might be a good place to start to get interested in the 1300+ page book.
Fayme Rose
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The Greatness about Books is the amount of information that can transform lives just by reading a paragraph that consists of three or more lines....
The most common professional that reads is an attorneyThink
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Books are visible bridges between invisible souls!
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Even the best books are unable to sustain a high level throughout.
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A classic book is a joy for ever.
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Hmmm What would I like to say here....hmmm Books.......Books....Books is life in every sense of the word in words...that's my thought on them right this minute.
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Daemon wrote:
The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)


Revealing the best of their thoughts these authors have done their part, now it's up to us to understand and let our own thoughts be challenged.
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Too bad meaningful literature died around the 1960's.
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I really appreciate you for your care and helpful clue.
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