„He fed his spirit with the bread of books“

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„It is worthy of notice that many of this generation, fed on text-books, on anthologies and on abstracts, cannot read.“

—  Vincent Massey Governor General of Canada 1887 - 1967
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„For centuries we have been spoon-fed by our teachers, by our authorities, by our books, our saints.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Context: For centuries we have been spoon-fed by our teachers, by our authorities, by our books, our saints. We say, "Tell me all about it — what lies beyond the hills and the mountains and the earth?" and we are satisfied with their descriptions, which means that we live on words and our life is shallow and empty. We are secondhand people. We have lived on what we have been told, either guided by our inclinations, our tendencies, or compelled to accept by circumstances and environment. We are the result of all kinds of influences and there is nothing new in us, nothing that we have discovered for ourselves; nothing original, pristine, clear.

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„A studious person may neglect his business for the sake of books; but if he does this, it is not his books that are to blame, but his want of principle of of firmness.“

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„A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread — and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness —
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!“

—  Edward FitzGerald English poet and writer 1809 - 1883
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse — and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness — And Wilderness is Paradise enow. FitzGerald's first edition (1859).

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„A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread — and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness —
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!“

—  Omar Khayyám Persian poet, philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer 1048 - 1131
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse — and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness — And Wilderness is Paradise enow. FitzGerald's first edition (1859) A book, a woman, and a flask of wine: The three make heaven for me; it may be thine Is some sour place of singing cold and bare — But then, I never said thy heaven was mine. As translated by Richard Le Gallienne (1897) Give me a flagon of red wine, a book of verses, a loaf of bread, and a little idleness. If with such store I might sit by thy dear side in some lonely place, I should deem myself happier than a king in his kingdom. As translated by Justin McCarthy (1888).

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„His great holy books, which he does not know. They are so holy that he does not dare to open them.“

—  Elias Canetti Bulgarian-born Swiss and British jewish modernist novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer 1905 - 1994
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