In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
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- Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
- The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
- Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts.
- Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.
- The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one’s mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.
- Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.