The main danger is that of supposing that the thing to do is get a mind on the scale of Thomas (Aquinas)’s into your head, a task of compression that will be achieved only at...
Be great, read great books.
—Lailah Gifty Akita
Betsy was so full of joy that she had to be alone. She went upstairs to her bedroom and sat down on Uncle Keith’s trunk. Behind Tacy’s house the sun had set. A wind had...
Well, Betsy,” he said, “your mother tells me that you are going to use Uncle Keith’s trunk for a desk. That’s fine. You need a desk. I’ve often noticed how much you like to write....
Gulliver was soon being read “from the cabinet council to the nursery”.
Just the great ones. Ignore the others. There’s not enough time.
The great writings interact with one another. They cannot be read in isolation..
It is commonly said to my little friend Legion: Read the great writers for style. But I say to him: Read the great dead masters for ideas. Devour them, Fletcherize them, digest, assimilate, make them...
You don’t need to be a scientist to know how powerful your imagination is.
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