Reading Gives Us a Chance at Wisdom

Up until the last few years, I have never been much of a reader. While I had always made the excuse that I didn’t have time, I didn’t make any time for reading either. Now, I can’t see myself without a book to read.

I am a biography nut. There is something about a biography that gives me inspiration and energy. When I read about our most celebrated entertainers, politicians or triumphant warriors who faced a significant challenge and overcame it, I get moved. As much as we may not believe it, we are fascinated by our fellow human. Whether or not we choose to learn from each other is the difference between living a happy life or one of constant drama. There are lessons all around us, teaching us the secrets of happiness, most often, they are hidden in a great book.

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” – Mark Twain

Books are a fantastic gift to us. Books have been given to us by our past, and while we seek a reason as to why things happened the way they did, books offer us the clues. If we all read stories from our past, we would see that our realities we face today are not any worse than they were yesterday. Reading gives us a chance at wisdom.

I am a big fan of reading the physical copy of a book. There is something about holding a book in my hand that gives me tangible proof that the words are real. I know I felt it when I held the book I wrote for the first time. I finally had something in my hands that gave me proof that my story happened. It was a surreal feeling.

If you are not a reader, pick up a book! Give it a second try! If you don’t know what you want to read, I encourage you to read my book, I couldn’t resist the plug!

Who created this quote?

Mark Twain was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1875) and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called “The Great American Novel”.