Sunday, March 20, 2005
Maugham on Reading
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life.It goes against the grain for me to quote something without chapter and verse, but I haven't been able to find the exact source of this quotation, one of my favorites.
A high-school classmate of mine, who later went on to Yale and a successful career in banking, once told me that he never read a book for pleasure. Without the refuge of reading, I'd be dead or in the looney bin.