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On Reading

Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man, who has read steadily that which he ought to have read sixteen hours a day, from early infancy. … My leisure has been moderate, my desire strong and steady, my taste in selection certainly above average, and yet in ten years I seem scarcely to have made an impression upon the intolerable multitude in volumes which everyone is supposed to have read.”

Arnold Bennett, Journal, Oct. 15, 1896

 

For the longest time, I have kept quotes in my journalling system - DayONE. I am now moving all of them into a new public space. Early days yet. Just a few as I sort out the format, but ultimately there are nearly 500 to bring in.

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