“The short biographies of historic personages, of which within the past few years many have been published, have been a great relief to the large class of readers who want to know something, but not too much, about them. What refuge is there for the victim who is oppressed with the feeling that there are a thousand new books he ought to read, while life is only long enough for him to attempt to read a hundred?
Many readers remember what old Rogers, the poet, said:
«When I hear a new book talked about or have it pressed upon me, I read an old one.»
Happy the man who finds his rest in the pages of some favorite classic!”