20 May 2010
Fill the void.
Losing daily all interest in the things around us, something else is necessary to fill the void. With me it is reading, which occupies the mind without the labor of producing ideas from my own stock.
- Thomas Jefferson
We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar: that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough; that we need to know ourselves better; that we require knowledge, not just of self and others, but of the way things are. Yet the strongest, most authentic motive for deep reading…is the search for a difficult pleasure.
— Harold Bloom
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
What are you reading?