Quote by Petrarch
Books have led some to learning and others to madness.
This quote suggests that books have the power to lead individuals down two contrasting paths. For some, reading books brings about knowledge, intellectual growth, and self-improvement, unlocking a world of learning. However, for others, books can have a detrimental effect, leading to obsession or unhealthy preoccupations that may ultimately drive them towards madness or unhealthy mental states. It highlights the dual nature of books, emphasizing that the outcome of reading largely depends on the individual's interpretation and mindset.
For no one, in our long decline,So dusty, spiteful and divided,Had quite such pleasant friends as mine,Or loved them half as much as I did. stanza 3The library was most inviting:The books upon the crowded shelvesWere mainly of our private writing:We kept a school and taught ourselves. stanza 15From quiet homes and first beginning,Out to the undiscovered ends,Theres nothing worth the wear of winning,But laughter and the love of friends. stanza 22You do retain the song we set,And how it rises, trips and scans?You keep the sacred memory yet,Republicans? Republicans?stanza 36
So I was ugly. I was never fat, really, and I never wore headgear or had zits or anything. But I was ugly. I don't even know how ugly and pretty get decided - maybe there's like a secret cabal of boys who meet in the locker room and decide who's ugly and who's hot, because as far as I can remember, there was no such thing as a hot fourth-grader. - Lindsey Lee Wells