"I’m not trying to tell you," he said, "that only educated and scholarly men are able to contribute something valuable to the world. It’s not so. But I do say that educated and scholarly men, if they’re brilliant and creative to begin with – which, unfortunately, is rarely the case – tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind them than men do who are merely brilliant and creative. They tend to express themselves more clearly, and they usually have a passion for following their thoughts through to the end. And – most important – nine times out of ten they have more humility than the unscholarly thinker…"
from J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye (1945)
Currently Reading: J.D. Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye (1945)
This makes a good pre-spring re-reading.