Books are the aqua vita of the spirit; they form a kind of background radiation against which I measure my life and my endeavors. They buck me up when I’m down, inspire me out of torpor, galvanize me when I am ready to walk the fire. – James O’Reilly, co-founder of Travelers’ Tales, via Stephen Hartshorne.
I appreciate this quote, but I feel it’s lost in today’s electronic age. As a child, I played with Intellivision and Nintendo as much as the next kid, but I wasn’t as distracted by the Internet, video games, and iPods as today’s youth. So, I read. A lot.
I also don’t see this quote applying to e-books. To me, the thrill is in turning pages, not clicking mouse buttons.