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From Aristotle to Montesquieu and Locke to Adams, great individuals studied other great individuals. A classic is a work that can be experienced many times over and give something new each time. A classic or great book has three essential qualities: great theme, noble language, and universality.
Classics open our eyes to the true nature of our world and take us across the divide that separates mind from mind. They reveal to us our essential humanity, its beauty and its horror, and hold the mirror up to our unknown selves. With a message of truth that echoes in our lives long after we’ve turned the final page, a true classic speaks to the heart and soul.
Classics teach us about human nature. They allow us to experience in an intimate way the greatest mistakes and successes of human history. How others think, feel, and act allow us to predict behavior and help us to develop empathy, compassion, and wisdom in our relationships with others.
Classics bring us face-to-face with greatness. As we study the characters, real or fictional, in the classics, we are inspired by their greatness, which is the first step to becoming great ourselves.
In classics we can experience authors’ characters more powerfully than in real life because the author lets us see his or her thoughts, feelings and reasons for and consequences of their characters' choices. Classics force us to quietly study, ponder, analyze, think, ask, discover, cry, laugh, struggle, and above all feel, change, and become. Because we are then better, we are motivated to go out and serve.
Great literature is miraculous because it makes available to us things that we cannot get in any other way. A classic gives us the personal wisdom to be better as an individual and citizen of a free nation.