“Uncompromising purpose and the search for eternal truth have an unquestionable sex appeal for the young and high-minded; but when a person loses the ability to take pleasure in the mundane – in the cigarette on the stoop or the gingersnap in the bath – she has probably put herself in unnecessary danger. What my father was trying to tell me, as he neared the conclusion of his own course, was that this risk should not be treated lightly: One must be prepared to fight for one’s simple pleasures and to defend them against elegance and erudition and all manner of glamorous enticements.”
Looking for a literary pleasure trip? Try Rules of Civility by author Amor Towles. While you’re there, take a dip in the appendix to hone your social skills with The Young George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.
*Support your local bookstores, libraries and universities. It matters.
Post by Megan Shaffer