This is the great object held out by this association; and the means of attaining it is illumination, enlightening the understanding by the sun of reason which will dispell the clouds of superstition and of prejudice. Adam Weishaupt
A lot of writers fall in love with their sentences or their construction of sentences, and sometimes that's great, but not everybody is Gabriel Garcia Marquez or James Joyce. A lot of people like to pretend that they are, and they wind up not giving people a good read or enlightening them. James Patterson
Succeeding is not really a life experience that does that much good. Failing is a much more sobering and enlightening experience. Michael Eisner
Another thing I learned is that novels, even those from apparently distant times and places, remain current and enlightening, and also comforting. Jane Smiley
Not enough books focus on how a culture responds to radically new ideas or discovery. Especially in the biography genre, they tend to focus on all the sordid details in the life of the person who made the discovery. I find this path to be voyeuristic but not enlightening. Neil deGrasse Tyson

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