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II I HAVE never had much patience with the writers who claim from the reader an
effort to understand their meaning. You have only to go to the great philosophers
to see that it is possible to express with lucidity the most subtle reflections.
The appeal is sensuous rather than intellectual, and the beauty of the sound
leads you easily to conclude that you need not bother about the meaning. But
words are tyrannical things, they exist for their meanings, and if you will not pay ...
... has to say about some writer, Henry More, for instance, or Richardson, whom
you have never had occasion to read. But the only important thing in a book is the
meaning it has for you; it may have other and much more profound meanings for
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One of my favourite bedside books of all time. I wore my first copy into pieces from overuse. I don't know of another book quite like it. Read full review
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This is one of the best books I read for providing a philosophical view of life. It is a book I intend to read again. Read full review