Sergei soon made a startling discovery: Certain phrases seemed to unlock within him a vast storehouse of insights about subjects he had never before contemplated- questions he had never asked: What is the purpose of living? What constitutes the good life? Are people innately virtuous or selfish? Sometimes he had to shut a book, close his eyes, and hold his head in his hands as his heart raced with excitement- not merely because of the words he read, but because of the doors they opened. It was like discovering foreign lands in his mind.
Dan Millman, The Journeys Of Socrates