Too many facts are often as much of an obstacle to understanding as too few. There is a sense in which we moderns are inundated with facts to the detriment of understanding.
p. 4 (How to Read a Book (1940, 1972))
One reader is better than another in proportion as he is able of a greater range of activity in reading and exerts more effort.Mortimer AdlerMortimer Adler, How to Read a Book, (1940; 1972).
Work that is pure toil, done solely for the sake of the money it earns, is also sheer drudgery because it is stultifying rather than self improving.Mortimer AdlerA Vision of the Future: Twelve Ideas for a Better Life and a Better Society (1984).
Adler struck me as far too nimble at winning arguments to be really convincing.Mortimer AdlerWilliam Hardy McNeill, The Pursuit of Truth: A Historian's Memoir (2005)
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