Bookish Quote of the Day

“It should aways be borne in mind that the busiest reader must leave unread all but a mere fraction of the good books in the world….The reading of a book a fortnight, or say twenty-five books a year, is quite as much as the average reader can possibly achieve – a rate at which only 1,250 books could be read in half a century. Since this is so, he must be very thoughtless and very timid who feels any shame in confessing that he is wholly ignorant of a great many books; and on the other hand, none but a very superficial and conceited reader will venture to express surprise at the deficiencies of others, when a little thought would make his own so clearly manifest.” – Charles F. Richardson (The Choice of Books, 1885)


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