"Spurn Them All"

"If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe, 
were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading,
I would spurn them all."
~ François Fénelon

Well, those are big words and I love the poetry behind them, but I also have to give myself their hypothetical challenge.  If someone were to write me a check in exchange for giving up reading, would I have a price?  Ten-million?  A Billion?  I know money can't buy happiness but if this were a serious proposal, I'd be a fool not to consider the offer.  A hefty sum like that could solve several issues (of both personal and world-wide natures) and I could exchange reading about far off places for actually visiting them... Could your love of reading ever be bought?

3 Response to ""Spurn Them All""

  1. Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) says:
    June 5, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Too funny, I told my kids just yesterday...if someone asked me to give up chocolate or reading for fun, I'd give up chocolate!

  2. The Bookish Type says:
    June 6, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    I love this - it's so though-provoking! I don't think I could be bought...because the number one thing that would be on my list with that kind of money would be books...and that just wouldn't work lol! What about you?

  3. Laura via Facebook... Says:
    June 8, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Well, it depends...are you talking about reading books, or just words?? I probably wouldn't want to give up reading words because then I would probably always walk into the wrong bathroom at a store or restaurant ....

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