Monday, November 15, 2010

Musing Mondays

 Taken from MizB of Should be Reading:

I was reading Eleanor Roosevelt’s book, “You Learn By Living“, via Google Books the other day, and came across a quote that really struck a chord with me. The quote said this:
“What counts, in the long run, is not what you read; it is what you
sift through in your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions
that are aroused in you by your reading.”
(pg. 7-8, “You Learn By Living” by Eleanor Roosevelt)
What do you think about this quote? Do you believe this to be true? If so, why and how? And, if not, why not?
It does ring true.  A book can be interpreted a million different ways and how it impacts on the individual.  Of course if a book is meant to be fluff, most readers will pick up on it.  But if a book is written in certain way, one can definitely interpret a book differently than the next person who reads it.  I suppose that interpretation can also influence if one likes the book or not or if they just think its okay.

And how one interprets a book can determine how much a person gets out of the book and whether the book has an impact on a person or not.

So I suppose it would be important not just what we read, but also what it evokes in us and what we can learn from it.
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