To get at the heart of books we must live with and in them; we must make them our constant companions; we must turn them over and over in thought, slowly penetrating their innermost meaning; and when we possess their thought we must work it into our own thought. The reading of a real book ought to be an event in one's history; it ought to enlarge the vision, deepen the base of conviction, and add to the reader whatever knowledge, insight, beauty, and power it contains.
23 September 2014
An Event in One's History
Hamilton Wright Mabie, Books and Culture (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1896), p. 39: