How you can become wiser (without reading)

“I love reading but humanity’s wisest people often say wisdom cannot be found in books. How then can you and I become kinder and wiser?”, says George Thompson. Cioran thought the same way himself. When a young insomniac man, he was once reading Kierkegaard and the gardener who worked for his sister, Virginia, said to him: “Young man, why do you read from morning to night? Because I need to”, he replied. “It’ very important to me.” And then the old man, who was poor and illiterate, replied: “The truth, young man, you ain’t gonna find it in them books.” Reminiscing that episode decades later, Cioran would come to the conclusion that the gardener was right.

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