The Misfortune Teller
You Can't Do A Wrong Thing The Right Way
Read, Reflect, and Remember
"Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"For Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.
"... as good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book; who kills a Man kills a reasonable creature, ... but he who destroys a good Book, kills reason itself, ... Many a man lives a burden to the Earth; but a good Book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, imbalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
"And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licencing and prohibiting to doubt her strength. Let her and Falshood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?"
-- Areopagitica, by John Milton. A speech to the Parliament of England concerning the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing (1644)
Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2005-2017