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If you want to be pretty, reading books will definitely be more effective than wearing makup or getting plastic surgeries. I have met many women who are not very pretty but are knolwdgeable, experienced, and self-possessed. As they age, they don’t lose charms but instead they become more attractive, and even their appearance turns out to be more becoming. This is the so-called “Appearnce comes from the heart. [Chinese idiom meaning your outward appearance is influenced by your inner world].” The only thing is that in this impetuous era, reading books requires that you quiet the mind and invest more time.

Someone asked me, If you are sad, what kind of woman do you wish to have by your side? I pictured that she would probably be sitting there quietly, making a cup of hot tea, or giving me a hug. That would be enough. There is no need for questions because that would just hurt you one more time. I guess, the woman who can do this must love reading so that she can be so considerate.

如果你想变漂亮,读书一定比化妆或者整形更有效。我见过很多长得不是很美,但是很有见识和修养的女人,随着年龄的增长,她们没有魅力损失,反倒更加吸引人了,而且连相貌都变得更美好。这就是所谓的‘相由心生’。只不过,在这个急躁的时代里,读书需要你静下心来,付出更多的时间。

有人问我,如果你难过时希望一个什么样的女人陪伴?我想象那幅画面,应该是她静静地坐在那里,帮我泡杯热茶,或者抱抱我就好。不需要言语过问,因为那样只会让你再一次受伤。我猜想,能做到这一点的女人一定爱读书,所以才会这么善解人意。

Sources:

1, http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_6f9f88290101fn2r.html

2. @ 钟汉良资讯台