About This Thing

On books and reading:

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” (Albert Einstein)

“Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

“Learn as much by writing as by reading.” (Lord Acton)

“Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.” (Sir Arthur Helps)

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

This blog began in 2010 as a record of books I’ve read since I retired. My other blog,  Whereof One Can Speak, is random commentary and is updated more often. 

To the Swedish Academy: You can reach me at franz2020 via Gmail. But don’t wait too long. I’ve reached a certain age. Best wishes, Larry Franz.

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2 thoughts on “About This Thing

  1. Thanks. I love it too. I spent a while looking through quotations about books and reading, and the “ingenious device” phrase leaped out. I guess it sums up reading, blogs and the whole internet too.

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