TOEFL Essay Topic 4 - It has been said, "Not everything that is learned is contained in books." Compare and contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books. In your opinion, which source is more important? Why?
Upon the question that which source is more important? Knowledge gained from experience or from books? People may have different
Upon the question that which source is more important? Knowledge gained from experience or from books? People may have different opinions . Admittedly, both of them have advantages and disadvatages, and they are both important. The undeniable fact is that "Not everything that is learned is contained in books." If someone who wants to know how to swim or drive just reads through books but never experiences himself, he can learn nothing in the end. This example can tell us how important it is to gain knowledge from experience. But as for me, a college student, I would say, gaining knowledge from books are more important. There are three reasons support my point of view.
The main reason for my propensity for gaining knowledge from books is that, some knowledge can never be learned from experience. As we all know, some knowledge is recorded by scientists or people from ancient times to present, from home and abroad. They are the symbol of wisdom. We can say, books are not only excellent source for us to know about the past, but also excellent source for us to know what is happening in the world today, and what is probably going on in the future. Without books, how can we gain the precious knowledge from our forefathers ? Without books, how can we know one thing or two about the outer space? Obviously, it is impossible to know that from experience.
A more personal reason why I think knowledge from books is a more important source is that it is not only a broader source, but also, it is an efficient way to learn. Gaining knowledge from books can save us a lot of time and energy. As a college student, it is not necessary to test every theory in one`s own experience; and it is not necessary to get involved in explaining every phenomenon you meet by your own experience. Just look into your books! The knowledge from books can help you understand them more quickly and even better!
The last but not the least reason, knowledge gained from experience is relatively limited when compared with knowledge gained from books. Our life is limited. Time waits for no man. So, if we want to learn more, reading books is a better way! Through reading books, we will better develop our personality and our moral integrity, above all, enrich our own knowledge!
As I stated above, if you want to explore the mysteries in the treasure house of knowledge, pick up your books, and you will find the way!