Thursday, January 05, 2012
A book is like nature or the world
Here's a good quote to follow up the annual reading list post:
"If you ask a living teacher a question, he will probably answer you. If you are puzzled by what he says, you can save yourself the trouble of thinking by asking him what he means. If, however, you ask a book a question, you must answer it yourself. In this respect a book is like nature or the world. When you queston it, it answers you only to the extent that you do the work of thinking and analysis yourself."
--Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book (Touchstone, 1972): p. 15.