“Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I’m guilty, I confess: I love quotes. In our meme-saturated, sound-bite culture, it seems almost sacrilegious for a thinking person to celebrate aphorisms, snippets, and bits of content that can be processed in 30 seconds or less. “Read big, long, heavy books!” I ought to be saying. And I have said that. And if you want book suggestions, the Refine The Mind library is just a click away.
But, yeah, so, well, look: quotes are not a replacement for great long-form essays, world-expanding novels, or incisive non-fictional tomes. They can, however, be pretty damn thought-provoking, jarring, or moment-of-clarity-inducing. And let’s face it: meme-culture isn’t going away, and an unthinkable number of people probably read books’ worth of memes/quotes each year without reading any actual books.