Words of Wisdom from Reader’s Digest

Reader’s Digest is my favorite magazine of all times. It never fails to touch my heart or make me rethink some of my values and opinions. It definitely feeds my soul. If you’re not a fan of it yet, try getting a one year subscription. It does wonders. =) Below are some of my favorite excerpts from different articles of Reader’s Digest.

“Don’t get me wrong, Science & Literature are important. There will always be a place in the world for quantum physicists & Shakespearean scholars. But our schools cannot be designed to enable the best and the brightest to excel. They must also equip the weakest among us to survive. I can’t think of a more noble purpose for our schools than for them to spend every moment they have telling this to our kids: This is life, this is what you are going to face, and this is how you deal with it. Everything else is superfluity.”
-Adrian Tan, Reader’s Digest

“Today, we’re swamped by fact and opinion. There’s always a temptation to accept something we are told, especially if it’s well-crafted, especially if it’s something we agree with. But that’s not what educated people do. Educated people are rational and reasonable. They look at FACTS and apply LOGIC. If our schools teach nothing else, they should atleast teach critical thinking.”
-Adrian Tan, Reader’s Digest

“Is there any serious fiction-writing going on in Asia?”, I replied that more creative fiction was written everyday in Asia than any other region in the world. “Only we call it ‘news’ and print it in newspapers”, I said.
-Nury Vittachi, Reader’s Digest July 2011

“Indeed, if we can allow our children to be themselves without prejudice, they’ll build friendships that matter, with people, regardless of race or religion, who will be by their side through thick and thin. On such friendships are societies built and then we can truly be, as William Shakespeare once wrote, ‘We happy few, we band of brothers.’
-S. Varatharaja, Without Prejudice, Reader’s Digest, December 2011

“The problem with experience is that it usually teaches you something you really didn’t want to know.”
-Mountain Ear

“I have had time to reflect on this and believe that if I witness a crime, be it against humanity or nature, I am compelled to take action. If I simply redirect my attention and pretend nothing is happening, I become an accessory to the crime through my own inaction. Each time I do nothing, I lose a little bit of my soul and over time, I become dis-empowered and disenfranchised.”
-Mike Fincken

“Someone once said: “Friendship – pure, unselfish friendship, all through life’s allotted span, nurtures, strengthens, widens, lengthens, man’s relationship with man. Indeed, if we allow our children to be themselves without prejudice, they’ll build friendships that matter, with people, regardless of race or religion, who will be by their side through thick and thin. On such friendships are societies built and then we can truly be, as William Shakespeare once wrote, “We happy few, we band of brothers.”
-Mike Fincken