Most of the people of whom we would consider to be ‘ creative thought leaders’, would be the first people to credit their mental inspiration to others. Our most highly valued original thinkers have always been quick to acknowledge their obligations to other minds, and the easiest way to access those minds is through the wisdom found in their books.
The collective mind is what inspires me. A good portion, or if not at least half of the posts found on GrowthGuided were inspired from the work of others. My need to consume and digest the work of other creators and thinkers is absolutely vital. To extend this sentiment even further, I have assembled a few quotes from recognizable figures who are overzealous about reading.
“Books have meant to my life what the sun has meant to the planet” – Earl Nightingale
“The more we read the more we believe, the more we believe the more we hope, the more we hope the more we pray, the more we pray the more we love, the more we love the more we labor” – Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
“I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who did not love reading” – T.B. Macaulay
“A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read” –Mark Twain
The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism. It has always therefore been one of my main endeavours as a teacher to persuade the young that first-hand knowledge is not only more worth aquiring than second-hand knowledge, but is usually much easier and more delightful to acquire. – C. S. Lewis
“A man’s reading program should be as carefully planned as his daily diet, for that too is food, without which he cannot grow mentally” – Andrew Carnegie
“Some books leave us free and some books make us free” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Setting aside just 15 minutes a day will enable you to read up to two dozen books in a year. Keep it up and you will have read 1,000 books in your lifetime. That’s the equivalent of going through college five times.” – G. Gordan, American Library Assn.
“Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life” – Jesse Lee Bennett
“A blessed companion is a book — a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend, … a book that, at a touch, pours its heart into our own” – Douglas Jerrold
” The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book” – Samuel Johnson