Chapter 3: Reading
My residence was more favorable, not only to thought but to serious reading, than a university; and though I was beyond the range of the ordinary circulation library, I had more than ever come within the influence of those books which circulate round the world, whose sentences were first written on bark, and are now merely copied from time to time on to linen paper. [...] I read one ore two shallow books of travel in the intervals of my work, till that employment made me ashamed of myself, and I asked where it was then that I lived. [...] Men sometimes speak as if the study of the classics would at lenght make way for more modern and practical studies; but the adventurous student will always study classics, in whatever language they may be writtten and however ancient they may be. [...] We may as well omit to study Nature because she is old. To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that task the reader more than any exercise which the custom of the day esteem.
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.
One who has just come from reading perhaps one of the best English books will find how many with whom he an converse about it? [...] he will find nobody to speak to, but must keep silence about it.
We need to be provoked -- goated like oxen, as we are, into a trot. [...] We spend more on almost any article of bodily aliment or ailment than on our mentail aliment. It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and women. It is time that villages were universities [...] we are kept from school too long, and our education is sadly neglected.
Mann, das Buch wird echt von Kapitel zu Kapitel interessanter. Das erste war ja mal wirklich schrecklich zu lesen, das zweite war richtig cool, weil ich da schon Zitate draus kannte (--> dead poets society) und im dritten steckt einfach so viel über Bücher und Lesen drin... amazing! Ich finds einfach irre bei wie vielen dingen man sagen kann, dass das heute auch noch zutrifft - oder besser: dass es gerade heute zutrifft.
dabei ist das teil 150 jahre alt *lach*