"How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, which will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may ﬁnd somewhere uttered. These same questions that disturb and puzzle and confound us have in their turn occurred to all the wise men; not one has been omitted; and each has answered them, according to his ability, by his words and his life."
(Henry David Thoreau. Walden)
"One who has just come from reading perhaps one of the best English books will ﬁnd how many with whom he can converse about it?.... he will ﬁnd nobody at all to speak to, but must keep silence
about it, ..." (Henry David Thoreau. Walden)