Sunday, August 21, 2011

Importance of Reading Classics

I believe the elegance and taste in a person can be cultivated by first improving of the mind. One of those ways is by reading Classic books.

To deepen thinking and cultivate the mind.

Somebody who reads only newspapers and at best the books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely nearsighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous.

There are only a few enlightened people with a lucid mind and style and with good taste within a century. What has been preserved of their work belongs among the most precious possessions of mankind.
Nothing is more needed than to overcome the modernist’s snobbishness.
(Supposedly said by Einstein)

- How To Improve Your Mind By Reading Classics

I thought this is quite an easy explanation of the value of classic books. 


  1. I am inclined to agree with this! Great excerpt.

  2. Eunice, this is the exact article that I referenced on my own blog when i wrote about the benefits of reading classical literature! :)


  3. What a coincidence! I stumbled upon it while I was reading notes of a recent classic I read, "Out of Africa". Hope all is well with you! :)