Potentially a Great Relief ~ BitterSweetLife

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Potentially a Great Relief

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books. - Thomas Carlyle
What do you think? Is Carlyle right? I'm of two minds about this.



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4 comments:

R. Sherman said...

Depends on the professor; depends on the books.

Cheers.

romans1423 said...

If the "collection of books" Carlyle is referring to is the 66 books of the Bible, then yes, I'd say I very much agree with him. :P

rob said...

I would say that is very true. I would also say that if we tend to like a professor we take in a lot of what they say. We often begin to think and read like they do. It is very obvious in seminary.

Ariel said...

Sherman's take is probably the concise truth, with the caveat that it also depends on the students. Some cats eat up every word in classes where I am wincing and writing angry notes in the margins. And visa versa, no doubt.

With a few exceptions, I'd say that my books carry more influence than my professors. But the book authors have the "advantage" of not being forced to make public appearances and make good impressions on my sometimes-too-cynical mind...

 

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