Why, it might be asked, does literature have to have a business at all? Is it not sufficient that it give pleasure, convey information, widen experience, provide flashes of insight? One reads the world’s finest novels, plays, poems, and in time one becomes a more cultivated person, which means somehow more refined, subtler, deeper, possibly even—though this might be pushing it—better. You are what you read; and culture, like heredity and cheap paint, rubs off.

~ Joseph Epstein, A Literary Education and Other Essays. Axios Press.


Notes: Image Source – Distant Passion





  1. Reblogged this on On the Homefront and commented:
    I deeply and with all my essence believe this…………

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  2. Passion for passion’s sake! 🙂 Love it, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Reblogged this on Quote Bard and commented:
    Literature is Fun Too!!! Exercise Your Imagination :-))

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  4. Umm I don’t know what do we become after reading a book, a novel or a poem but I do know one thing and that is that we are never the same when we are done reading. He is so right… And I really like the picture.

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  5. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    I do like this…your words speak loudly on those whispers on the wind…
    Take Care…you Matter…

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  6. and i so love ‘go, dog, go!’, especially the surprise dog party up in the tree in the end. what does that say about me?

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  7. I wish heredity rubbed off.

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