“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”—Dead Poets Society (via livin4thenight)
Random question since I saw you aren't a fan of e readers. I take it you prefer having actual textbooks than having pdfs or ebooks then. But I have found it easier to find answers to questions using pdfs because you can use the "find" function and search the text for keywords that are in the question. I was just wondering on your thoughts about that and if you prefer having to actually skim through the book manually to find the answer. Or maybe I just like this way because it saves time? Random
haha I dont like e-readers in relation to literature books and plays. I have no issue with online text books (I actually prefer them for that reason!) However, my major is English and I can’t remember the last time that I actually had to buy a text book for those classes. I have online texts for my business classes though :) Totally easier, I agree.
Also, I highlight and annotate my books a lot, especially if I really like the book. There’s writing ALL over them :) and it’s hard to do that on e-readers. I’m not against them per say… I love the concept, the technology, and the ease. I just like having the book, being able to flip the pages, seeing the wear and tear, and (this is weird) the smell. It’s something tangible and it has history. <— also why I like buying used books :)
Well, this was a longer answer than I anticipated :)
“Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish… Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”—
“Ye who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and persue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow; attend to the history of Rasselas prince of Abissinia.”—
— Samuel Johnson, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia
#10 - Ambrose Bierce [1842-1914?] American Author: Disappeared in Mexico while reporting on Pancho Villa’s rebellion. May have been murdered by bandits.
#09 - Leo Tolstoy [1828-1910] Russian Author: Gave away entire fortune, froze to death in a railroad station on a cold winter night.
#08 - Virginia Woolf [1882-1941] British Author & Critic: Filled pockets with stones and drowned self in the River Ouse.
#07 - Euripides [480-406 B.C.] Greek Playwright: Mauled by a pack of wild dogs owned by Archelaus, the King of Macedonia, according to legend.
#06 - Sherwood Anderson [1876-1941] American Author: Complications of peritonitis in Colon, Panama, after ingesting a toothpick along with a hors d’oeuvre at a cocktail party.
#05 - Hart Crane [1899-1932] American Poet: While en route to New York aboard the S.S. Orizaba, leapt into the Caribbean Sea; reputedly said “Good-bye everybody.”
#04 - Edgar Allan Poe [1809-1849] American Author: Died of “acute congestion of the brain” several days after he was discovered lying unconscious in a Baltimore street, wearing someone else’s tattered clothes.
#03 - Sergei Esenin [1895-1925] Russian Poet: Cut wrists, wrote a final poem in own blood (called “Do svidania drug moi” or “Goodbye my friend”) and hanged self in a hotel room in Leningrad.
#02 - John Berryman [1914-1972] American Poet: Jumped from a bridge over the Mississippi River; reputedly waved at passersby on way down.
#01 - Yukio Mishima [1925-1970] Japanese Author: Committed seppuku (hara-kiri) and was beheaded during failed attempt to overtake a Japanese garrison.
“I know that societies often have killed the people who have helped to change those societies. And if I can die having brought any light, having exposed any meaningful truth that will help to destroy the racist cancer that is malignant in the body of America—then, all of the credit is due to Allah. Only the mistakes have been mine.”—Malcolm X (via thelittlephilosopher)
“It’s because we’re so trapped in our culture, in the being of being human on this planet with the brains we have, and the same two arms and legs everybody has. We’re so trapped that any way we could imagine to escape would be just another part of the trap. Anything we want, we’re trained to want.”—Chuck Palahniuk (via venebelle)