What reason does Juana Inés de la Cruz give for her love of learning and study, and what did she do when she was denied books?
Regarding "Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz" ("The Reply to Sor Philothea de la Cruz"), the author Sor (Sister) Juana Inés de la Cruz
In "Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz" ("The Reply to Sor Philothea de la Cruz"), the author Sor (Sister) Juana Inés de la Cruz gave God the credit for her love of learning and studying, even in the face of a good deal of resistance by those around her.
What is true and I will not deny (first because it is public knowledge and then—even if this counts against me— because God, in His goodness, has favored me with a great love of the truth) is that from my first glimmers of reason, my inclination to letters was of such power and vehemence, that neither the reprimands of others— and I have received many—nor my own considerations—and there have been not a few of those—have succeeded in making me abandon this natural impulse which God has implanted in me . . .
Juana Inés de la Cruz was a voracious reader very young, and though she was scolded and told she could not read, she would sneak into her grandfather's library to read his books, and she was in good part, self-taught. She was considered a prodigy at a young age, when she started to attract considerable attention.