The great authors were great readers, and one way to understand them is to read the books they read.
To agree without understanding is inane. To disagree without understanding is impudent.
The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Imaginative literature primarily pleases rather than teaches. It is much easier to be pleased than taught, but much harder to know why one is pleased. Beauty is harder to analyze than truth.
Only hidden and undetected oratory is really insidious. What reaches the heart without going through the mind is likely to bounce back and put the mind out of business.