Author Ray Bradburysaid, “You’ve got to love libraries. You’ve got to love books. You’ve got to love poetry. You’ve got to love everything about literature. Then, you can pick the one thing you love most and write about it.”
It’s not just about wanting to write, but about learning new things. Whatever subject you want to learn about, there are books that will help you learn.
It’s my personal philosophy to try and learn something new every day. I could live in a library or bookstore and be very happy. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I have read books by Isaac Asimov to Emil Zola. I have read books of poetry, novels, short stories, mysteries, myth, religion, philosophy, physiology, zoology, phytology, botany, mammals, reptiles, etymology, and more. This is because I like all types of reading and learning things.
By reading books, you can learn about other countries, cultures, space, and many other subjects that may be of interest to you. The most powerful item in my wallet is my library card, which allows me to borrow books and read about different times, places, and times.
I have helped in literacy programs, and feel that anyone who is able to read and write should help others learning English, or those who haven’t learned to read and write, so that a new and brighter world opens before their eyes.
It’s by reading and helping people to expand their abilities that we who help, gain as much as the ones we help.
Congress tried many times to have English declared the official language congress has never passed a bill to make it so.
Do yourself a favor, go to the library and check out a book and read it from cover to cover, you might enjoy the journey it takes you on. Remember this quote from Ray Bradbury, “I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, ‘If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we’ll talk.’ All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.”
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- My Love of Books (tonimichellecrafts.wordpress.com)
- Ray Bradbury on Doing What You Love and Reading as a Prerequisite of Democracy (brainpickings.org)
- A Conversation with Ray Bradbury (ezrasf.com)