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Books - Our Intellectual Wealth.

Updated on October 13, 2014

Books - Our Real Companions

Each male or female desires for closeness and derives much pride and fun from this most comprehensive and physical nature. The companionship of books is not only most easily obtainable but sophisticated, vigilant and constant.

He who has developed the warmth of books and learned to stay in their society has become a member of the citizenry of the grand, the noble and the academic, and as such his mental powers and mental aptitudes highly advanced.

To live in the earth of Shakespeare, Goethe, Thiru Valluvar, Thoreau and Tolstoy are to meet the stillness of a higher reality which obtainable from the gross taste of just automatic actions. The biggest advantage, of the concomitant of these immortal souls is that, in times of mourning or sadness, they get in forget ourselves.

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Real Companions

Book- Record of Our History
Book- Record of Our History

Our Ancestors' Books:

Rocks, Walls, Leather etc

There was a time a few 500 years ago when books, as we aware of them now, did not subsist, and meanwhile there were several people who could absorb articles note down on material that was not paper.

At that time, forefathers used rocks, pillars and sheepskin to inscribing and enduring their most fundamental concepts and accomplishments in the language they then comprehended.

Nowadays the book create the technology assists to the work of every chief scientific thinker, poet or sage the role of everlastingness, reproduces in alluring forms past and rare manuscripts and contributes to the differing tendencies of millions of people for whom book ending is an exceptionally delightful, brainy practice.

Furthermore, the high percentage of knowledge, the accrual of the book collection in towns and villages and the closeness of academics to have their own personal collection of useful books, have given beginning to several large publishing houses with branches in many parts of the people and publications counting thousands.

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Record of Our History

We owe much to the man who conceived the idea of the printing press and gave origin to an instrument of preserving on paper the ever- archiving record of productive activities of human beings. We have no disbelief a few other means of gathered and accumulated for the benefit of succeeding ages the lawful benefactions to communal wisdom of renowned thinkers, philosophers and scientists.

News papers, magazines, documentation tapes and CDs have circumstantially made effecting of for such actions. The low-priced, the most acquiescently accessible and much sought after abiding record of one older and modern cultural heritage, their superior development and outstanding progress in the areas of literature, business, manufacturing and science are to be invented only in books.

Students, academics, writers and other types of specialists are simply bondsmen of books which better their thoughts and ascertain the preparation of all their activities. Nothing but books can extend their avidity for the ever-expanding range of astuteness which they are always enthusiastic to follow "like a sinking star, beyond the complete bound of human thought".

The Kingdom of Books

The monarchy of books is as enormous as the visible world, for there is no edge of it which they have left unexplored. There is no deficiency of books on any subject, be it as modest as the synthesis of sodium nitrate or as complex as the system of parts of a spaceship rocketing towards Mars.

We make us of books for the propagation of beneficial ideas, for familiarizing the fruits of our investigation in several fields of wisdom, and for circulating our advancing views on interests which are of important matter to our fellow beings.

In fact, no single outcome of human activity has been as crucial to the advancement of civilized life as books which are composed in all articulations of the world and which are decoratively settled in book shelves in our residences and tastefully exhibited in book shops and libraries.

If to Keats compositions of ancient poetasters like Homer were areas of gold from which he acquired much joy as well as influence, to the latest lover of books the exertions of all intellects, including those of Keats, are workings of precious intellectual property which he goes on investigating for the sake of his mental and religious elevation.

Books are Revolution Makers

Who can underestimate the importance of such books as The Social Contract and Das Kapital which made monarchs tremble on their thrones and the power of money feel helpless in the face of popular discontent?

Even the notorious Mein Kampf, the bible of Nazi Germany, gave a new color and shape to world politics and filled many pages of Europe's history with deeds of warring nations and harrowing tales of mass slaughter of human beings in the midst of smoking ruins of cities and villages.

Likewise, books of another kind, those written by Thoreau, Gandhi and many other saintly men who sought guidance and inspiration from the spirit of truth which to them was synonymous with divinity, have added to the volume of human happiness and exalted the dignity of the souls of good people to heights of angelic greatness.

Books have also exposed the manners of mortals, their pride, their wickedness and contemptible hypocrisy; they have revealed the lowest depths of degradation to which on many occasions these creatures of flesh and bones allowed themselves to be dragged by the lust of power, the glitter of gold and orgies of sex. There is indeed no aspect of human behaviors which has not been carefully scrutinized by the searching eye of the writer.


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The vast amount of money we spent on public and private libraries is a clear proof of the usefulness of books. In all civilized countries of the world public libraries are being built in important towns and villages so that those who are interested in any branch of learning may have easy access to the information they need for furthering their knowledge.

All libraries which lend books in return for a subscription or for fee paid on each book borrowed are known as circulating libraries. Some of these guarantee to supply immediately to their subscribers any book asked for, no matter how many copies of it they have to purchase from the publisher.

Hard covers and Paperbacks

In recent years paperbacks have begun to reveal their attraction for the reading public, and although they have not completely thrown into neglect the hard-cover market, they have appealed to people who would not have thought of buying books not so very long ago. These paperbacks are generally reprints of popular fiction or of established classics or translations from foreign works which are in constant demand at all book stores.

Although there is no dearth of literature on any subject in which a specialist or a layman is interested, every hard cover or paperback that has found its way to a book store is not to be regarded as a good or useful book.

There are books which judged by any standard would be found to contain an inestimable wealth of knowledge that is to last for all time, there are others on which ink, paper and the labor of many men have been wastefully spent because they house stuff which is no better than cheap, superficial plagiarism and which, therefore, fails to render valuable assistance to a discerning reader.

Bacon classified books valuable assistance to a discerning reader. Bacon classified books in various categories in his famous of studies where he says: "Some books are to be tasted others to be swallower, and some few to be chewed and digested." That is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

Some books also may be read be deputy and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sorts of books else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.

Intellectual Wealth

The most valuable treasures of thoughts of mankind are carefully preserved in the golden caskets of books. All the rich source of knowledge, inspiration and guidance is within the easy reach of those who care to be a little hard working and studious and who understand the methods which yield the rich harvest of fruitful ideas.

Like the seeds of a flower books go on multiplying because they are nourished be men and women with their brains who add to their never ceasing productivity. When a great book written by a mastermind is published, it is eagerly bought and read by millions of people who come under its hypnotic charm because they discover in it something which makes them wiser, nobler or happier.

If Shakespeare, Thiruvalluvar, Homer, Jawaharlal Nehru, Bernard Shaw, Mahatma Gandhi, Tolstoy and host of other writers whose immortal creations command everybody's worshipful attention have never penned a single line, we would still have been in a state of primitive backwardness.

Authors of books are makers of civilizations. We would be creatures of poor intelligence, unrefined tastes and uncertain behavior, should their productions suddenly disappear from our book stores and libraries and sink into the oblivion of non-returnable past.

Just as oceans of the earth retain the primeval silt and alluvial wealth of ancient streams and rivers which have been washed into them since time immemorial, so do our books enshrine the best and most valued products of our civilization in all its stages of development.

How to read a book : Video - One should read above their heads.

Importance of Books

Cinemas, Radios, Televisions, Internet as well as other means of recreations which also have amazing enlightening value tend to minimize the significance of books and divert our concentration from them. But all men of cultured tastes know that books and not these means of entertainments can satisfy our longing for knowledge and for steady and lasting company of the wise which is vital for the free progress of our personality.

Whenever we spot ourselves circled by a friendless and hostile world, we can go around to these books for enlightenment, direction and assistance. They will disperse our ideations of sadness and make our appalling hours painless and tolerable.

If normal books could be a source material of comfort, hopefulness and patient fortitude of calamitous situations to people who were shipwrecked on abandoned islands, cast into only conferment or cast out in alien lands, there is no reason for what reason the best output of the world renowned authors should fail to hold up human beings in times of darkness and difficulty.

We must, for this reason, be ever thankful to those who have shaped us inheritors of this huge estate whose productive soil allows us a permanent harvest of knowledge and characters.

Reading School Books

Among the betterment in honor to text books for academies many well-known expositions on general science stage eminent School literary works is taking an extensive range than some time ago. Even in ordinary schools by the initiation of such a task as the Scientific Class Book as a scrutiny work two significant things would be obtained.

At the same time, whereas youth are digesting to read with agreeableness their brains will also be lay down with many of the sources of natural theories astronomy, chemistry, botany and political economy with some beside great subjects. Reading books for academies have widely been of that temperament usually designated light reading.

But too much light studying it should not ever be forgotten is remarkably well ascertained to make light heads. Works for the early adulthood of our schools should be packed with solid and methodical knowledge.

The importance of reading - Vid - Chip Givens tell us about the history of books and the importance of reading.

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      t2d2 3 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens. I might check out the Tamil poetry you have suggested. Also I have watched many Tollywood films and have enjoyed them.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      There is a real paradox about books. On one hand, as you rightly assert, they are treasure troves of knowledge; wonderful, silent companions. On the other hand, they are increasingly regarded as disposable commodities by many in the West - items just worth pence at jumble sales and car boot sales, or simply thrown away. I worked as a volunteer for a while at an Oxfam book recycling centre where tens of thousands of unwanted books were sent for pulping. Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, and Wilbur Smith rubbed shoulders briefly before being reduced to a mass of grey pulp.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I read books all the time, although more than 90% of the time it's non-fiction and religious texts. Only a small part of the time do I take the luxury of reading a fiction novel.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      I love to read, and recently took a break from the Internet and spent a couple weeks reading books one after another. It was just like a vacation. There's so much we can learn and share with each other and pass down through the generations through books.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Back to visit again as this lens has so much great info and needs a blessing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are no IFs, ANDs, or BUTs about it. Books help the world go round by contributing to our understanding of each other, our intertwined and commingled histories; and also by being fun to read! I think there should be libraries everywhere in the world and everybody should have free access to read anything they want to read!! Besides, I'd much rather read books than to try to read people's minds. That would be far too confusing for me! :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      There is so much to be learned from books.

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      Chris-H LM 5 years ago

      I have a love affair with books! Thank you for providing such a range of references. I make use of Google Books as my personal research library.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Books are a great heritage and companion, you have such an enlightened approach here!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is told that one can judge you by the books you are keeping. Books are the real intellectual wealth and the wisdom we gain from acquiring the knowledge from them. Reading is a good hobby, well presented lens and the idea you wanted to convey has come through clearly.

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      DecoratingMom411 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Reading is one way of exercising our brains.

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      GOT LM 6 years ago

      Nice work! Please visit my lens too. :)

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      David Dove 6 years ago

      the written word is mightier than the sword

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from France

      Just can't see us ever leaving books behind even with so much emphasis on personal computers and devices such as Kindle. Still can't beat sitting down and doing it the old fashioned way from hard copy. Nice Lens 5*s

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      sukkran trichy 8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      [in reply to sandyspider] thks sandyspider for lens rolling.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I love to read. Though I haven't done much of that lately. Great lens. I will lensroll it into my 3 book lenses.

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      sukkran trichy 8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      [in reply to Rewards4life]thank you very much 'rewards4life'.

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Very interesting material indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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      sukkran trichy 8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      [in reply to Jewelsofawe]thank you jewelsofawe. noticed and corrected that fault.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Great lens! Did you notice the area to the right is below instead of to the right?