St. Augustine was a bishop who’s writings were a primary influence of Western Christianity and Western Philosophy. I think there are many ways to interpret the meaning in his quote, but what is important to me is that St. Augustine is comparing traveling to books, but also books to traveling. The stories we read in books take us places we haven’t imagined ourselves, and the writer makes up for our lack of creativity. Now of course this is nothing against readers, we can’t all be as incredibly talented as writers are. If we were all as imaginative and creative as writers, would there be such thing as a good story anymore or would all stories be good? I think people being uncreative is what makes a good story.
Books are an adventure. They are a portal to many worlds, and those who do not step into the story do not travel the worlds that we do.
What do you think?