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Doublets: Reading a Great Book

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.

Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist, playwright, professor (1913-1995) best known for writing The Deptford Trilogy (1970-75).

When you read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.

Clifton Fadiman, American editor, literary critic, and essayist (1904-1999). He helped establish the Book-of-the-Month Club and served on its editorial board for 50 years as well as serving on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia Britannica and The Reader’s Club. He was the a book editor at Simon & Schuster and The New Yorker. He was a voracious reader, known to read 80 pages per hour. Ironically, he lost his sight due to illness in the 1980s but continued reading (listening to audio tapes) and writing (through dictation).


Doublets: Tolerance

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle, Metaphysics (c. 340 – 330 BC)

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Attributed to Voltaire, Essay on Tolerance (1763). The actual quote was written by Evelyn Hall in the book, The Friends of Voltaire (1906) paraphrasing Voltaire’s attitude. An editor for Reader’s Digest misread the passage and assumed the paraphrase was an actual quote. To set the record straight, Hall later wrote: “I did not mean to imply that Voltaire used these words verbatim and should be surprised if they are found in any of his works. They are rather a paraphrase of Voltaire’s words in the Essay on Tolerance — ‘Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.’ ” (Saturday Review, May 11, 1935).


The Lesson of Experience

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

Vernon Sanders Law (born 1930, a retired Major League Baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates).

The McFarland Baseball Quotations Dictionary by David Nathan, McFarland and Company (2000).


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