On Books

It is often said that children are the wealth of the poor. This was not my experience. But books are without question the wealth of the poor’s children. Books are a guiding light out of the underworld, a secret passageway, an escape hatch. To the affluent, books are ornaments. To the poor, books are siege weapons.”

— Joe Queenan
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  • http://www.scms.coop Janine McBee

    Books provide magical adventures and escapes. They can both challenge and calm. I recently found a "Book for Grandmas" with photos, recipes, stories, poems, games and songs of yesteryear. To me it was the perfect gift for the grandma to be. Sweet memories. It was easy to picture reading with a precious child snuggled in your lap, wide eyed and enjoying the illustrations. Had a hard time visioning what that would look like with a kindle….

  • John

    This is so powerful because it’s true. I never read a book cover to cover in high school but after I got into the real world, I realized I needed tools to make it and found them in books. One of my first books was ‘Think and Grow Rich.’ I have been addicted to books ever since. They have shaped who I am today.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    I love books. As Mark Twain writes, “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”