Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lewis on the reading of old books

Here begins a new series of provocative quotations from various readings.

"It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones. Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period."

- C. S. Lewis, "On the Reading of Old Books," God in the Dock

2 comments:

Sarah Providence said...

Josh and I want to read To Kill a Mockingbird after seeing the movie. Does that count as an old book?

I, Bill Clifton... said...

Well, I would have to say nothing later than the 19th century. But To Kill a Mockingbird is a good book.