William Deresiewicz's speech on Solitude and Leadership, quoted in Vivek Haldar's blog
"...most books are old. This is not a disadvantage: this is precisely what makes them valuable. They stand against the conventional wisdom of today simply because they’re not from today. Even if they merely reflect the conventional wisdom of their own day, they say something different from what you hear all the time."TS Eliot, quoted by John D Cook in a post on his great blog
"There never was a time when those that read at all, read so many books by living authors rather than books by dead authors. Therefore there was never a time so completely parochial, so completely shut off from the past."