Thursday, May 29, 2014


A Series of Intoxications

Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), "Montaigne," Reperusals and Re-Collections (London: Constable & Company Ltd., 1936), pp. 1-8 (at 1):
There are readers—and I am one of them—whose reading is rather like a series of intoxications. We fall in love with a book; it is our book, we feel, for life; we shall not need another. We cram-throat our friends with it in the cruellest fashion; make it a Gospel, which we preach in a spirit of propaganda and indignation, putting a woe on the world for a neglect of which last week we were equally guilty.

I am not at all sorry that I have never been cured of this form of youthful susceptibility; one may after all become the victim of more inadvisable forms of folly.
Related post: An Addiction.

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