Are you looking for the Holy Grail, the source of power and strength, money and sex, health and eternal life? Have you been looking long? You’ve looked everything and it’s nowhere? Go to a bookstore. Read non-fiction books on philosophy, psychology and anatomy. At your 169th book, you will find the map of a treasure island with a gift hidden in it. To get this gift, you will have to give everything you have but, in return, you will receive everything you dreamed of.
What does it mean to gain time? Montaigne spent 20 years writing his Essays and I read them in one month. I realized and put to good use some 20% of what I had read. Thus, my gain was about 4 years. The more you read, the more you gain time. Time is money. In three years of reading, I managed to gain some 100 years net and, taking the synergistic effect into consideration, some 1,000 years.
Isaac Babel’s short story Di Grasso clearly illustrates the Zen concept according to which, if a room is dark, all you should do to remedy the situation is to turn the light on. Do what you are most afraid of, and this will instantly transform hell into paradise.
Having read the same book, two different people will get totally different thoughts and messages from it. What's more, their impressions will rather depend on their life experience, outlook and mindset than on the book itself.
The message of the book often depends on the personality of its reader. As one likes to see the kind of message one is aimed at seeing.
Reading is not about how much one can read but rather about attention and understanding.
P.S. As usual, it's quality and not quantity that matters. Thus, a person who understood only one good book will make greater progress than someone who read a hundred of books for no reason. And if most of this someone's hundred books are shoddy, this person will not be considered a constructive type at all.
The rich and the beautiful cry too. The story of Cinderella. The story about a lucky fool who suddenly became rich. A consolation story, a booky cookie, a dream story - that mistakes the wish for the reality. A fairy tale about a dream that will never come true. A fairy tale about great love that doesn't exist in reality. A fairy tale about those who are more stupid or unlucky.
One of the best ways to raise children is not to argue or teach them, but, having gained their trust, becoming their friends, to slip them specially selected books, essays and articles, forcing their minds to grow and develop evolutionarily.
The goddess of victory Pallas Athena is the goddess of wisdom and knowledge. Athena, the warrior maiden, was the goddess of arts and crafts, science and invention, military tactics and strategy. In other words, if you seek the patronage of victory, you should learn more, read more, and train more.
I wondered what was the difference between Lolita Nabokov and Bread and salt. Why is one ugly and the other beautiful. I realized that they are distinguished by lies. Lolita is a lie that hides its Vice, and salt does not hide the fact that it is a poison in large quantities. There is another version that "lolita" heroes didn't keep a sense of proportion and overdone, but this is all speculation.
The Trunks of the ring of power of Sauron, the perfect image of what makes a weak passion. The power ring gives power and sucking it from his master, filling his soul with pleasure and fear of losing him.
If you want to talk, talk to the book. The book is a great conversationalist, but the book doesn't listen to anyone. Talk to yourself. But how do you hear yourself? And even if you talk to another, it seems to him that he is talking to himself, not hearing you at all.
I realized why only few get smarter reading books. Because books provide theory and a theoretic horse almost doesn't pull. There should be real life practice involved. One should go and make mistakes, fall and rise again. Hence, there should be a practical skill of applying theoretical information. On the other hand, practice is weak without theory. A balance is needed: when any new theory will be proved by practice and the skill of applying it.
Accessing information through books and videos is difficult. To understand something, it`s necessary to feel it. And a person feels up to 70% of information. To feel the information, you need to be physically in the place where the information is located (information node) or next to the person who is the carrier of this information.
Summary: to achieve the power of mind and turn the brain on, you should travel more, communicate with clever people and find a good mentors and teachers.
As for certainty of fate, I can say that even book characters live their own lives, regardless of the authors' intention. Of course, the intention is in the head of the creator but anything else depends on a person.
Life's often like this: something that seems awful and boring at first turns out to be quite normal later and something that originally resembles a fairytale and a barrel of honey finally gets spoiled by another barrel of tar.
A writer writing for people is a craftsman deprived of freedom of thought. He is forced to write only what the reader wants to see from him. The craftsman is doomed to constantly think about whether the buyer will like his creation, what he will think, whether he does not violate any unwritten laws or norms.
A writer writing for himself will be interesting only to himself…
But there is a third option. It happens that a Book wants to be created, it needs to find its way into the world, and for that it needs a tool in the form of a good author. And here, I think, something interesting can turn out. Of course, there was no free will, but if the artisan is only a slave of people, constantly wondering what the owner needs, then the contact with the customer will be tighter, and his desires may be more elevated and completely unexpected. Moreover, it often happens that the book completely takes power in their hands and begins to discover such miracles that as much as breathtaking.
Approximately the same situation in other areas of art.
Even more than books about adult children of people like the books in which they can find their dream: stories of Cinderellas, love and sex, unexpected inheritances and miraculously earned the state about the dangers and fears, about the mysteries and the secrets about ways to make yourself better, about prosperity, about travel and pleasure…
Does anyone write about anything else? Some pride in his writing about myself… Who is interested in them? Themselves…
Anything that a person disagrees with, this person considers to be a stupidity. The only problem is that if this person is mistaken than he or she is stupid himself.
... Despite the belief that stupidity is full of happiness. However, a particular person lives in reality where real stupidity brings pain and unhappiness. That's why defining what stupidity is and which people are really stupid can only be done by listening to the gut instinct. It's important to realize what life brings more - whether it's pain or joy. If it's pain and there are many mistakes, then the values and philosophy of this person are rather deceptive than true. And the person him-or herself is more like a fool believing in fairytales rather than a person who saw something of life.