Maria Popova – What Books Do for the Human Soul

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Brain Pickings is an amazing web site created by Maria Popova. It deals merely with books. Good books.

One of her latest posts is about the effect on (good) books on the human soul. She mentions four of these:

  1. It saves you time
  2. It makes you nicer
  3. It’s a cure for loneliness
  4. It prepares you for failure.

And here is a conclusion:

Literature deserves its prestige for one reason above all others — because it’s a tool to help us live and die with a little bit more wisdom, goodness, and sanity.

You may agree more or less with the first three, but you may wonder what’s with the fourth one. If you do, you have to read the article. You can find it HERE. Enjoy!

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