Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Seneca - On choosing books ...

"People who spend their whole life traveling abroad end up having plenty of places where they can find hospitality but no real friendships. The same must needs be the case with people who never set about acquiring an intimate acquaintanceship with any one great writer, but skip from one to another, paying flying visits to them all."

Ouch. This is in Letter II, which I encountered as I was skipping from one book to another attempting to pay a flying visit to them all. To make matters worse, I have been a living example of the person "traveling abroad" and the comment that they "can find hospitality but no real friendships" is a bit too real for me. Perhaps I better give Seneca a few minutes extra.

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