July 27, 2011

Again, Jean-Claude Carriere in This is not the end of the book:

“It’s important to clarify that a library is not necessarily made up of books that we’ve read, or even that we will eventually read. They should be books that we can read. Or that we may read. Even if we never do.”

And Christopher Hitchens in Hitch-22:

“I suspect that it doesn’t very much matter what one reads in the early years, once one has acquired the essential ability to read for pleasure alone…I wanted to be left alone with a pile of books of my own choice. And very gradually, and as it does, omnivorous reading began to become a little more discriminating.”


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