“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
—Marcus Tullius Cicero
Even though the above quote offers a comparison between a living and non-living thing, it really resonates with me.
I like to think of books as the building blocks of our thinking process. Whether they take the form of childhood bedtime stories, travel companions, even stories of an adventure in an altogether different part of the world, or the general know-hows of a topic, books are irreplaceable.
The sole – soul – purpose of writing a book is not just to teach something or preach a thought, the best writers are those who have evoked thoughts and left the reader with something to ponder. When we find these hidden messages as a reader, the soul feeds off them, the purpose of the book is fulfilled.
Do you agree with Cicero? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts in the comments, this could be a fascinating discussion.