20 Things We Learned from Reading Books

Throughout the years, there have been a number of books that have been highly coveted as well as banned. While it is beyond me as to why a book would ever find itself banned, I thoroughly understand why books can become coveted by the masses. Books are able to provide its readers with an escape from their everyday while teaching us a number of invaluable lessons that cover a great deal of topics. Regardless of age, gender or walk of life, all of those that delve into reading are able to garner great life lessons. With the following, we will explore what books have been able to teach us over the course of their existence and our love affair with them.

Friendship

Friendship
Books have been teaching readers about friendship on all levels and regards. From how to create a friendship to the true value of a good one. Books have additionally taught us that there will be times that friendship will torpedo out happiness. We will encounter disloyal friends that will betray us and there will also be a time that we will betray a friend or two during the course of life.

You are Not Alone in Grief

You are Not Alone in Grief
We are taught that, although it may feel like it, we are far from alone within our personal grief. Additionally, we are taught that grief affects us all and the impact is no less great once we cross the bridge into adulthood.

How to Stand for something and not Fall for Everything

How to Stand for something and not Fall for Everything
The strong, morally driven characters that allow us to walk beside them have taught us the importance of standing up for what is right and just. We are also taught that in standing up for something prevents us from falling for any and everything that comes our way.

To Embrace Who You Are

To Embrace Who You Are
One of the most imperative lessons that have been taught via a plethora of books has been to embrace oneself. There are thousands of characters that have been able to overcome the obstacles thrown at their feet once they fully embraced precisely who they are. We have been shown in both fiction and non-fiction that accepting yourself is the first step along the road to personal success and longevity. Once you embrace your core, there is not a single entity on the planet that can conquer you, but you are able to conquer all.

To Not Judge Another before Knowing Their Story

To Not Judge Another before Knowing Their Story
Although it is an incredibly old cliché, it is one of the first lessons that books have ever taught us. “Never judge a book by its cover.” With plot twists, new character introductions and more, there is no way to predict the outcome of a story without delving completely in. This translates into the fact that there is absolutely no way for anyone to know our story (and vice versa) without delving into the chapters of life. Books have taught us that judgement has no placing life should we desire growth, companionship and more.

Imagination

Imagination
Our creativity stems from how strong our imagination is. Books allow us to exercise and hone our imagination. Book teach us that not only children can garner power and peace from the express use of our imagination.

How and When to Ask Deep Questions

How and When to Ask Deep Questions
Books present us with deep seeded philosophical questions that often go unanswered within the course of a few thousand words. This translates into us having a deeper view on life as well as a decreased fear in asking the hard, deep rooted questions. These questions include inquiries about God, spirituality, the state of the world, human consciousness and more. As an avid reader, there are not topics that one becomes afraid to question.

Failure is an Option

Failure is an Option
Before becoming lost in the pages of a multitude of books, one may contend that to fail is to receive the kiss of death. Readers know that failure is a necessity of life…it is the ultimate option. It is through failure that we learn the most and the failures and subsequent triumphs of notable characters have repeatedly taught us that. Additionally, we are taught that it is not only children and teens that fail, but all of us fail multiple times throughout life and it is perfectly normal and fine. Actually, books teach us that failure is a required life course.

Emotions Make Us Human

Emotions Make Us Human
Society encourages us to mask our emotions and to “never let them see you sweat”. While books on the other hand show us that emotions keep us grounded and save our humanity. That it is acceptable to share them…feel them….allow them to guide us and protect us. We are taught that we should never be ashamed of or in hiding from our emotions for they are the most beautiful and humbling aspect of human life.

No One is Perfect

No One is Perfect
Regardless of what magazines, toy manufacturers and pop culture tries to force feed us, NO ONE is perfect. Through the pages of the world’s greatest novels we are taught that perfection is not a necessity nor is it a realistic goal to have. The imperfections that comprise us all are what make us interesting and unique and worthwhile. Perfect is boring, whereas flawed makes for a great and intriguing tale that is timeless.

Hauntings Don't Always Involve Ghosts

Hauntings Don’t Always Involve Ghosts
Things will haunt us. Either for brief periods of time or for our entire existence on earth. The fact of the matter, what aunts us has no connection to the paranormal, they are life experiences. Things that have happened against our will or things that we have done that have contradicted our own moral code. Everyone has a haunting, the only variants are the duration and the intensity.

Fear is a Common Connector

Fear is a Common Connector
Regardless of a person’s physical strength/appearance, age or level in life, we are all connected by the fact that we all have something to fear. Books have taught us this, especially in their abilities to tap into wide spread fears and draw people close due to their mutual fear. This is one element that cares not who you are in life. It is able to creep within us all and fester or be overcome. The choice is all ours.

True Strength Carries No Weights

True Strength Carries No Weights
Strength is taught to be mental and emotional as opposed to physical within the literary world. The greatest heroes of a tales are not he who can toss a locomotive. It is she that can outwit their adversary wile properly deducing the curvatures of the plot. This is also true within life. The greatest victors are not those that can hold the most weight above their brow, but the one that has the strength to remain steady until the finish line.

How to Love

How to Love
Books teach that there is no single recipe for love. That how to love someone must be adapted to the person, given that we all have a variety of needs and desires. We are able to be taught to be attentive to whom we adore so that we know how to love them as they are needed and required to be loved. From paying attention the minutest of details to expressing love in the most romantic of ways. Books have provided lessons on love via fairy tales to autobiographies, providing a glimpse into the core of love.

Life is What You Make It

Life is What You Make It
Although this is yet another cliché, it is quite true as well as a valuable lesson. The circumstance in which you begin your own journey does not determine where life will take you or where you will end up. Life is precisely what YOU make of it. You will go where you take yourself. Your final chapter will be the result of the story that you have penned through determination and perseverance.

The World is Larger than Your Neighborhood

The World is Larger than Your Neighborhood
So often people believe that they know and understand the world because of the limited portion that they have been personally exposed to. Books provide us with the ultimate reminder of the fact that the world is far vaster than our mere slice of it. That there are people experiencing things that we never knew existed. That there are people living in ways that we never knew possible. That there are events happening that we may never truly grasp. Yet they are all happening simultaneous to our bake sales and religious services and carpools. Books remind us that the world is a unit, a puzzle if you will, that once pieced together affords a wondrous picture.

There are Two Sides to Every Story

There are Two Sides to Every Story
Never settle for one person’s version of events. There is always something left out that would be incriminating or damaging to them. This is why it is highly imperative to look at all sides of a story and not simply settle for the word of one. Books have taught us this particular lesson time after time after time. One version of a story is told, only for the truth to emerge from murky waters once all sides of a tale are revealed.

Villains Wear No Uniforms

Villains Wear No Uniforms
One of the most helpful lessons that books have taught us over the years has been that a person with devious intentions does not appear to us dressed as a comic book villain. A person that means you nothing but harm generally comes to you dressed as your peers or someone that you would be enamored with. Additionally, books have taught us that the villains of our lives do not adorn themselves with horns, but the finest clothing, tongues and initial acts plausible. They move in for slow and calculated moves as if your life were a championship level games of chess.

Sex Can Infect the Heart and the Mind Not Just the Body

Sex Can Infect the Heart and the Mind Not Just the Body
Within the covers of a multitude of books, we are taught that more than pregnancy and STD’s can be lasting gifts of a sexual encounter. The physical connection of sex has a way of infiltrating and spreading its viral tendons through to a person’s mind as well as their heart. Sex will cause emotional disturbances, confusion and more. Literature has taught us that sex is far more than three letters and a handful of moments in which bodies intertwine. It is a transference of energies that connect souls for an eternity.

Age is Simply a Number

Age is Simply a Number
Society tells us each and every day what we can and cannot do, according to out chronological age. Books, transversely, show us that age is not more than a number that can in no way determine what we are capable of or what we should do. There have been heroic and extraordinary feats captured within a number of literary gems that derived from the most infantile to the most gifted of age. The number of years a person has roamed the earth is not a clear indication of their valor, strength, courage or capabilities.

In Conclusion
We are able to know our normal through the beautiful lessons residing in the pages of the world’s libraries. Books are able to teach us far more than any other form of art in the world. Literature is able to draw inspiration from life, inspire life as well as bring light to the lives of those that have made impeccable strides for the betterment of all of our lives. Books allow us to avoid mistakes through learning from those of our fellow man. We can become better mothers, fathers, friends, lovers and more by perusing the texts laid before us.

There are dozens of more lessons that could be discussed, but those listed above are the most poignant and prevalent. When looking back over the listing, it shocks the soul as to why libraries have been torched and literary works have been banned throughout history. If only people would embrace the lessons that our books have to offer and seek our more lessons, we just may find ourselves residing in a world that has elevated itself for the better. With that being said, enhance your personal levels of enlightenment by embarking on a glorious journey of knowledge today with an incredible literary offering.

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