Henry David Thoreau quote about reading from A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers - Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
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Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
 Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849). copy citation

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“But is it necessary to know what the speculator prints, or the thoughtless study, or the idle read, the literature of the Russians and the Chinese, or even French philosophy and much of German criticism. Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. «There are the worshippers with offerings, and the worshippers with mortifications; and again the worshippers with enthusiastic devotion; so there are those the wisdom of whose reading is their worship, men of subdued passions and severe manners;—This world is not for him who doth not worship; and where, O Arjoon, is there another?»” source

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