Adler 1972

"We do not want to state authoritatively that any paticular book or group of books must be great for you. . . . Our point instead, is that you should seek out the few books that can have this value for you. . . . They are the books that will help you to grow."

After deploring the effects of TV and radio, "Then, if we lack resources within ourselves, we cease to grow intellectually, morally, and spiritually. And when we cease to grow, we begin to die. Reading well, which means reading actively, is thus not only a good in itself, nor is it merely a means to advancement in our work or career. It also serves to keep our minds alive and growing."