A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Books are responsible for changing your character and perception. Since our childhood, we have read several books and whether you agree on it or not, what we are today has been because of the books we have read, the knowledge we have gained through all these years from our schools, families, surroundings or peer groups as well.
All these things contribute a lot towards shaping our nature. Books influence the way we behave, speak, think or connect with people around us. Books transform us much beyond the physical transformation that we go through! It molds our spirit and temperament too!
Reading a book is just like feeding your soul. Just as the soul is inseparable from us, in the same way, the knowledge that we imbibe from the books we read remains within us forever. It is quite evident from the way we communicate or behave with the people around us.
This is in reference to Cicero’s metaphor wherein he says that a room does not necessarily denote a physical place rather it could be interpreted as the room of our hearts as well. It eventually means that our hearts should be decorated with literary masterpieces as it exposes us to the light of truth.