Thursday, June 12, 2008

Maybe We Should Read Like This

"If we consider men and women apart from their professions or occupations, there is only one situation I can think of in which they almost pull themselves up by their bootstraps, making an effort to read better than they usually do. When they are in love and are reading a love letter, they read for all they are worth. They read every word three ways; they read between the lines and in the margins; they read the whole in terms of the parts, and each part in terms of the whole; they grow sensitive to context and ambiguity, to insinuation and implication; they perceive the color of words, the odor of phrases, and the weight of sentences. They may even take the punctuation into account. Then, if never before or after, they read." - Mortimer J. Adler



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark -

Came across your blog site while Googleing the American philospher "Mortimer Adler" and saw the quote you posted. Haven't been on the ACC site in a while so I stopped by.
Perhaps you're familiar with him and have seen these already -

- Jos ( Marc)

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