Welcome to “Quotable Discussions”, a weekly dialogue about reading, among people who love books. Each Monday, I’ll post a quote, saying, or bit of wisdom about reading and the importance of books, and invite all of you to join in the discussion and share how the quote resonates in your own experiences. Reading is an individual and unique experience, and I never get tired of hearing how books have enriched the lives of the people I come in contact with. And for those of us who also write, our love of reading fuels what we create when we put pen to paper... or fingers to the keyboard! I hope you’ll join me, every Monday, for “Quotable Discussions”, and help spark the dialogue by sharing how and why reading has changed your life!
Today’s quote comes from Charles W. Eliot, the longest serving president in the history of Harvard University, who is also credited with turning Harvard into the premier research institution in the country. Here’s what he had to say about the importance of reading...
“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 W. Eliot
Sometimes I feel moody... lonely for no apparent reason... irritated about things... or just a bit nostalgic. And my books always understand. Whether I pick up an old favorite, or my current reading material, I can always find exactly what I need. Encouragement. Compassion. Humor. Acceptance. A book is a safe place to let off steam and vent my frustrations, whether it’s a mystery suspense novel or a feel-good romance. Whatever emotional connection I need at that particular moment to balance out the rest of what’s going on in my head... it’s always there, inside the pages of a book. Which is why books are my constant friends, wise counselors, and patient teachers.
So what do you think about Mr. Eliot's quote? I can’t wait to hear from all of you!