A Passion for Books

30 08 2009

 

 

 

No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest of all.

John Alfred Langford

 

I have sought for happiness everywhere, but I have found it nowhere except in a little corner with a little book.

     Thomas A Kempis

 

It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.

   Victor Hugo

 

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before: you see more in you than was there before.

                     Clifton Fadiman

 

The result of reading is not more books but more life.

      Holbrook Jackson

 

Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.

          Kathleen Norris 

 

 

It is the books we read before middle life that do most to mold our character and influence our lives.

            Robert Pitman

 

My early and invincible love of reading,…..I would not exchange for the treasures of India.

         Edward Gibbon 

 

When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue- you sell him a whole new life.  Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night-there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book I mean.

               Christopher Morley

 

The person who does not read good books has no advantage over the person who can’t read them.

               Mark Twain

 

Every person who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.

                       Aldous Huxley

 

 The love of reading enables a person to exchange the wearisome hours of life, which come to every one, for hours of delight.

              Montesquieu

 


The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend.  When I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.

       Oliver Goldsmith

 

I never remain passive in the process of reading: while I read I am engaged in a constant creative activity, which leads me to remember not so much the actual matter of the book as the thoughts evoked in my mind by it, directly or indirectly.

                                        Nicholas Berdyaev               

                      

My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.

        Abraham Lincoln

 

We use books like mirrors, gazing into them only to discover ourselves.

           Joseph Epstein

 

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity, and once more in old age.

      Robertson Davies

 

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy conversation with superior minds….In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.

                    William Ellery Channing

 

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

                     Chinese Proverb

 

Books are the compass and telescopes and sextants and charts which other people have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.

                  Jesse Lee Bennett

 

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.  As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.

                     Joseph Addison

 

Books are the quietest and most constant friends: they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and most patient of teachers.

                                Charles W. Eliot

 

Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed , and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

                       Francis Bacon

 

Only three things are necessary to make life happy: the blessing of God, books , and a friend.

                             Lacordaire

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MAJOR TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH

30 08 2009

Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade named BOOK

BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits,

….no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on!!!

It’s so easy to use, even a child can operate it. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere — even sitting in an armchair by the fire — yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc.

Here’s how it works:

BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now, BOOKS with more information simply use more pages.

Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. BOOK may be taken up at any time and used merely by opening it.

BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, though like other display devices it can become unusable if dropped overboard. The “browse” feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish. Many come with an “index” feature, which
pin-points the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval. An optional “BOOKmark” accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session — even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOK markers can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.

You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus (PENCILS).

Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a new entertainment wave. Also, BOOK’s appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking. Look for a flood of new titles soon!!!





Traits of Creative People

30 08 2009

from Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

by Mihaly Csikszentmaihalyi

The Ten Dimensions of Complexity

Are there traits that distinguish creative people? If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it would be complexity…… It involves the ability to move from one extreme to the other as the occasion requires.  But creative persons definitely know both extremes and experience both with equal intensity and without inner conflict. It might be easier to illustrate this conclusion in terms of ten pairs of apparently antithetical traits that are often both present in such individuals and integrated with each other in a dialectical tension.

1.  Creative individuals have a great deal of physical energy, but they are also often quiet and at rest.

2.  Creative individual tend to be smart, yet naive at the same time.  Why a low intelligence interferes with creative accomplishment is quite obvious.  But being intellectually brilliant can also be detrimental to creativity.  Some people with high IQs get complacent, and , secure in their mental superiority, they lose the curiosity essential to achieving anything new.  Learning facts, playing by the existing rules of domains, may come so easily to a high-IQ person that be or she never has any incentive to question, doubt, and improve on existing knowledge.  This is probably why Goethe, among other, said that naivete is the most important attribute of genius.

3.  The third paradoxical trait refers to the related combination of playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.

4.  Creative individuals alternate between imagination and fantasy at one end, and a rooted sense of reality at the other.

5.  Creative people seem to harbor opposite tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion.

6.  Creative individuals are also remarkably humble and proud at the same time. Another way of expressing this duality is to see it as a contrast between ambition and selfishness, or competition and cooperation.

7.  Creative individuals to a certain extent escape this gender role stereotyping.

…….Creative and talented girls are more dominant and tough than other girls, and creative boys are more sensitive and less aggressive than their male peers.

8.  Creative people are thought to be rebellious and independent, Yet it is impossible to be creative without having first internalized a domain of culture.  A person must believe in the importance of such a domain in order to learn its rules: hence, he or she must be to a certain extent a traditionalist. It is difficult to see how a person can be creative without being both traditional and conservative and at the some time rebellious and iconoclastic. The willingness take risks, to break with the safety of tradition, is also necessary. The economist George Stigler is very emphatic in this regard: I’d say one of the most common failure of able people is a lack of nerve, They’ll play safe games…

9.  Most creative persons are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well.  The energy generated by this conflict between attachment and detachment has been mentioned by many as being an important part of their work.

10.  Finally, the openness and sensitivity of creativity individuals often exposes them to suffering and pain yet also a great deal of enjoyment.  (58-76)