Books, purchasable at low cost, permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and not just those in power; to contemplate—with the best teachers—the insights, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history.
They allow people long dead to talk inside our heads.
Books can accompany us everywhere.
Books are patient where we are slow to understand, allow us to go over the hard parts as many times as we wish, and are never critical of our lapses.
Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society.” —Carl Sagan, The Demon-haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (via wordsfrombooks)
Carl Sagan was a smarty
Very cool. Living in New Jersey, I wish people here would give a little thought to architecture. Everything tends to look like a box here.
What brought you to Germany?
“The real unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, without anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future.
But the crimes they hope to prevent in that future are imaginary. The ones they commit in the present - they are real.”
- Commander Aral Vorkosigan, in Shards Of Honor, by Lois McMaster Bujold” —