Wednesday, 27 December 2017

I can never understand the tepid youth of today...

"Even today, I would go halfway round the world to find a book if I thought it essential to my needs, and I have a feeling of absolute veneration for those few authors who have given me something special. For this reason, I can never understand the tepid youth of today who wait for books to be given to them and who neither search nor admire. I would go without eating in order to get a book, and I have never liked borrowing books, because I have always wanted them to be absolutely mine so that I could live with them for hours on end.
As with men, it has always seemed to me that books have their own peculiar destinies. They go towards the people who are waiting for them and reach them at the right moment. They are made of living material and continue to cast light through the darkness long after the death of their authors."

- Miguel Serrano, C.G. Jung and Hermann Hesse: A Record of Two Friendships (Hermann Hesse, Demian). pg. 3-4, Routledge & Kegan Paul, (London), 1966.

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