“The vital thing is that you have your own favorites – books that are real and genuine, each one brimful of the inspiration of a great soul.  Keep these books on a shelf convenient for use, and read them again and again until you have saturated your mind with their wisdom and beauty. So may you come into the true Kingdom of Culture, whose gates never swing open to the pedant or the bigot. So may you be armed against the worst blows that fate can deal you in this world.”

George Hamlin Fitch, Comfort Found in Good Old Books (1911)