Worth Reading: It’s okay to forget what you read

Many of us feel this near-existential fear that we might “lose” what wisdom we extract from the books we read.Such fears are unfounded. First of all, if you love books, memory is never a problem. If I read for pure pleasure, what harm is there is forgetting? I get to enjoy the same wonderful book over and over again — for the book-lover, what better gift is there than forgetfulness? But many of us read books for reasons other than pleasure. We want to get something from the books we read. There is much written on retaining what you read (note it, connect it, summarize it, teach it, yawn…), but Paul Graham, I think, has something new and interesting to say. —Charles Chu on Medium


  1. Jaap de Vos 4 September 2017 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention, it’s a very calming perspective for me.

  2. Kenyone Johnson 4 September 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Only If you’re not studying for a CCIE 😀

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