Monday, July 30, 2012

Books and Happiness

Good books are lengthening and brightening the lives of multitude of people. Perhaps nothing else has such power to lift the poor out of his poverty, the wretch out of his misery, to make the burden-bearer forget his burden, the sick his suffering, the sorrowing his grief, the down-trodden, his degradation, as books. They are friends to the lonely, companions to the deserted, joy to the joyless, good cheer to the disheartened, a helper to the helpless. They bring light into darkness and sunshine into shadow. 
Dr. Orison Swett Marden


See how amazing books can be? Who in their lifetime has never touch a single book, opened a single book, attempt to read any books? If so, then, my friend, you shouldn't even be alive. 

I attended a Speed Reading course by Achievers Platform this past weekend, and what they have taught me, has deeply moved what I thought was simple, everyday enjoyment. Books are incredible to this world. 

I have tremendous love for books 

         I have tremendous love for books and have a lifelong association with them. Every single penny invested in a book is very fine and enduring investment. Humanity would be definitely poorer from every point of view had it not been for the great books that have nourished and nurtured human civilization down through the ages. 

        I personally think that we have got to start a movement whereby every child is encouraged to own a book. Every child must be encouraged to realize that among his precious possessions books have a special place. 

You'll be surprised at how much the amount of children today have not seen an actual book.

         There is a view expressed by some people that the book is going to be obsolete by the 21st century because you will simply have the computers and you can tune into whatever you want. Personally, I do not think that this fear is well grounded, because as I researched when the radio and television were invented they said the same thing, but the growth of book publishing industry has continued.

 Have your own books 

        But it is not enough to borrow books. In these days, no one need be without books of his own, even if it be only a solitary bookshelf of old and much-used favorites in humble bindings. This should be a labour of love and individual taste, and books are still fortunately within everybody's reach though not so cheap as in the days of sixpenny and shilling classics. But you will get far more lasting pleasure from your own books, however, few, if well chosen, than you can from any number you may borrow.

Build a home library

         Show anyone a man's home library, the type of books that he reads, and we all will better know the character of the man. With considerable accuracy, we may be able to look far into his future, as well.

       Self-help books, which serve as stepping stones to higher ideals and nobler purposes in life, are, by far, the most precious ads in all human endeavor. Every home should have a bookshelf or shelves well stocked with these guides for spiritual, mental and physical achievement.

      The principle object of reading should be for self-discovery and the acquirement of useful knowledge which can be appropriated and applied in one's daily life. Such books should serve to strengthen, refine, and ennoble the character of the reader.

      A home without spiritual books, a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and self-help books is like a house without windows for the light to enter. Home, not the university, is where young minds are formed and fashioned for life.

     "The first time that I read an excellent book," said Goldsmith, "it is to me just as I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one."

    "When I consider what some books have done for the world," said James Freeman Clarke, "and what they are doing, how they keep up our hope, awaken new courage and faith, soothe pain, give an ideal of life to those who homes are hard and cold, bind together distant ages and foreign hands, create new worlds of beauty, bring down truths from heaven, I give eternal blessings for this gift."

You cannot live without books

Aristotle was asked, "What is the difference between an educated and an uneducated man?" He replied, "The same difference as between being alive and being dead."

I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who did not love reading. 
Thomas Babington Macaulay

I cannot live without books. 








Just few months ago was the date a year ago my grandmother passed. It was over a year ago now. But till this very day, I still could not believe she was gone from my life. There would be no more of her cooking, her voice. No more watching her prance around the kitchen cooking the most delicious plates of goodness 12 hours a day. I cannot bring myself to fully believe she wasn't there for us anymore. 
And that's because she was such a big part in our lives before this that it is so hard, so difficult to imagine her not being here, ever again. 

I still miss her very much.

Happiness 

The secret of happiness is this: to let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile. 
Betrant Russell

The time for happiness is today

        Some wise person has written: "Success is a journey, not a destination. Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road ----- for then the journey is over and it is too late. The time for happiness is today, not tomorrow."

        If we wait to arrive at happiness, we shall be sadly disappointed in life. Happiness must be experienced as we journey, a minute here, an hour there, occasionally a day, once in a long while several days or a week.
     
      But the weeks and days and hours are all made up of minutes, and if we live for happy minutes the hours and days and weeks will take care of themselves. We shall find our road through life a pleasant one, and spend less time worrying about the distant goal.

     A stream of happiness-opportunities is flowing past us continuously: during the hours we spend at home; in the office or store or shop where we work; as we walk along the street; as we travel by train or plane or bus --- in short, wherever we are and whatever we are doing.

    We would do well to adopt this creed, written a century ago by Stephen Grellet: "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

    Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means but as itself and ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way. Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so. The only chance is to treat, not happiness, but some end external to it, as the purpose of life. 



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