A room without books is like a body without a soul.
“I am a biography nut myself, and I think when you’re trying to teach the great concepts that work, it helps to tie them into the lives and personal ties of the people who developed them. I think that you learn economics better if you make Adam Smith your friend. That sounds funny, making friends among the eminent dead, but if you go through life making friends with the eminent dead who had the right ideas, I think it will work better in life and work better in education. It’s way better than just giving the basic concepts.”
We read a lot. I don’t know anyone who’s wise who doesn’t read a lot. But that’s not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people don’t grab the right ideas or don’t know what to do with them”
“In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time – none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren(Buffett) reads – at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.”
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.