Do you ever cry when reading a book or article?

ShallyS

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Last night, I was deeply touched by an article describing how two poor couples live and love each other. Do you ever cry when reading a book or article?
 

samiwas

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Last night, I was deeply touched by an article describing how two poor couples live and love each other. Do you ever cry when reading a book or article?
I tend to get choked up when reading anything about really sick babies or other children. Our son is 11 months old, and I couldn't imagine having to go through a disease or something that would take him away. Before he came around, those kinds of things would make me feel bad for the people, but nowadays, they really hit hard.
 

APlotdevice

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If the words are written well enough to convey a deep sense of sadness or touchingness, then I will most certainly shed a few tears.
 

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Rarely do books make me that emotional. Or movies. Or TV shows. Or anything really.

The exception to that rule is Doctor Who. Vincent and the Doctor in particular will never not make me emotional. The end especially :(
 

Mousse

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Do you ever cry when reading a book or article?
Books? Never. I read mostly fiction so... no tears for nonexistent people.
Movies? Phfffbttt... well only one movie "Grave of the Fireflies" and only when Setsuko...*sniff* Setsu *cry*

Articles...yeah. I the first time I read about a guy named Rick van Beek. What a guy. I had to throw away my "World's #1 Dad" cup.:(
 

andreyirra

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I have cried with videogames, movies, books, articles...

So the conclusion is that I cry like a teenage schoolgirl upon the lost of her first love.

I have to admit that books take more to move me, movies coming in second place recently (with age, I guess). Videogames have always been first place to me maybe because by the ending I have invested so much emotionally in the characters. The 45 minute ending of Metal Gear Solid 3 and the 1 hour and 10 minutes ending of the 4th game will walways bring tears to my eyes.
 

Scepticalscribe

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Does the question mean to ask whether you cry with laughter or with sorrow when reading an article which has moved you?

Most of the answers have assumed the latter - and, as the OP is no longer around to elucidate further (he seems to have made only one post prior to being banned), we cannot be certain whether he meant tears of laughter or sorrow while reading a book or article.

While it may be correct to assume the latter, I have actually cried tears of the former while reading books and articles…...
 

Gregg2

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...and the original post is several months old. Kind of a silly question. Human beings have emotions. If you're never moved to tears, something is wrong.
 

Scepticalscribe

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I nearly cry when read exam study guides and think i have to study all that?
Sigh. What a disgracefully intellectually lazy post. At every level. Complacent, pseudo-clever and intellectually lazy. Trite. Glib responses disguised as superficial wit.

I used to teach at university for a living. (History and politics). And yes, I loved teaching, revered learning, was fascinated by research and valued education. Not just as a means of social mobility but as something of value in itself, where learning for its own sake is worth pursuing because knowing things is…….wonderful…...

More recently, I have worked in parts of the world where people get killed for wanting an education, where schools are destroyed, teachers slaughtered, students executed.

Do you really want to know the - endlessly creative sentences - that were begging, nay, bleating to escape from under my gnawed fingernails when I read the sort of witless post you have just written? You are privileged to be in a position to be able to study, and receive the sort of support that is often available in the western world in order to be able to do so. You should rejoice in that, not sneer at it.

Did you choose what it is you are studying? Or, were you coerced, or even emotionally blackmailed into studying it? If not, why not "study all that" and master it?

It is not so many centuries ago that - even in our western world - that education had to be paid for - it was a costly luxury and was regarded as such - and that any sort of access to same was confined to males whose families could afford it. Mock it at your peril.

 
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This one got to me:

"Howard Lutnick lost his mother to cancer when he was a high school junior. One week into his freshman year at Haverford College, his father died, too — the result of a tragic medical mistake.

That’s when he got the phone call from Robert B. Stevens, then-president of Haverford: “Howard, your four years here are free.”

Since then, Lutnick has been returning the kindness of the college that became a family when he most needed one.

Now 53 and chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald L.P. — a New York City financial firm that lost 658 employees in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — Lutnick last week announced a $25 million gift to the school."

http://www.courierpostonline.com/st...verford-college-receives-m-donation/18352973/
 

Ariii

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Sigh. What a disgracefully intellectually lazy post. At every level. Complacent, pseudo-clever and intellectually lazy. Trite. Glib responses disguised as superficial wit.

I used to teach at university for a living. (History and politics). And yes, I loved teaching, revered learning, was fascinated by research and valued education. Not just as a means of social mobility but as something of value in itself, where learning for its own sake is worth pursuing because knowing things is…….wonderful…...

More recently, I have worked in parts of the world where people get killed for wanting an education, where schools are destroyed, teachers slaughtered, students executed.

Do you really want to know the - endlessly creative sentences - there were begging, nay, bleating to escape from under my gnawed fingernails when I read the sort of witless post you have just written? You are privileged to be in a position to be able to study, and receive the sort of support that is often available in the western world in order to be able to do so. You should rejoice in that, not sneer at it.

Did you choose what it is you are studying? Or, were you coerced, or even emotionally blackmailed into studying it? If not, why not "study all that" and master it?

It is not so many centuries ago that - even in our western world - that education had to be paid for - it was a costly luxury and was regarded as such - and that any sort of access to same was confined to males whose families could afford it. Mock it at your peril.


Formal education is a huge privilege. But that doesn't mean everyone has the same passion for it. Yes, it can get people way ahead in life and give them a lot of opportunities, but they don't necessarily have to enjoy it.

Even people with the privilege of an education sometimes have to study something they dislike and a lot of people pursue things outside of their education that they'd rather devote more time to.

A lot of teachers themselves aren't very interested in what they teach, either, and the curriculum (memorizing facts, etc.) can be just be busy-work sometimes. I know of an English teacher who makes her students copy and paste facts into a program that generates papers adhering strictly to the MEL-CON format.

I guess given that there's something really worth appreciating, why not?
 

LizKat

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The stunning opening of Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke really caught me by surprise and made me cry. I am never quite sure of my expectations of any novel about the Vietnam era. Anyway I was not prepared for the skill with which Johnson immediately portrays what is always one of the great tragedies of war: exactly how young our young soldiers are when we send them off to what they may expect will just be an adventure.
 

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