Sometimes as a discussion starter, people will ask, "If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be?" It is always a fun question to listen to people answer. It gives you a good look into their interests.
But of course, it is all a dream isn't it? I mean, we can't ever get the chance to interact with the great minds of history, could we?
Well, actually, we can! That's what books are for! In fact, I would argue that reading a book written by someone great, or a book written about the life of someone great may even be BETTER than an evening with that person. Why? Because if you spent a dinner with someone, you would have random conversation, interrupted by others at the dinner with you, but when you read a book by or about that person, you get to spend hours of uninterrupted time with that person's thoughts and ideas! How amazing is that? You could spend time with Thomas Edison, William Shakespeare, Margaret Thatcher or Bill Gates.
The miracle of books is that they sow seed ideas inside of you, and ideas--when they come to fruition--produce manifold benefits for you.