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读林语堂先生《the art of reading》

2011-09-20 22:37:24 本文行家:于佳鑫

the art of readingThe man who has not the habit of reading is imprisoned in his immediate world, in respect to time and space.The best reading is therefore that which leads us into his con

 

the art of readingthe art of reading

The man who has not the habit of reading is imprisoned in his immediate world, in respect to time and space.

 

The best reading is therefore that which leads us into his contemplative mood, and not that which is merely occupied with the report of events.

 

Anyone who reads a book with a sense of obligation does not understand the art of reading.

 

Hence I consider flavor or taste as the key to all readings.

 

There are no books in this world that everybody must read, but only books that a person must read at a certain time in a given place under given circumstances and at a given period of his life.

 

Who is one’s favorite author, reader cannot be told to love this one or that one, but when he has found the author he loves, he knows it himself by a kind of instinct.

 

Su Tungp’o had been thinking the same things and taking the same views himself.

 

When Yuan Chunglang discovered one night Hsu Wench’ang, a contemporary unknown to him, in a small book of poems, he jumped out of bed and shouted to his friend, and his friend began to read it and shout in turn, and then they both read and shouted again until their servant was completely puzzled.

 

There are many readers who never fall in love, like many young men and women who flirt around and are incapable of forming a deep attachment to a particular person. They can read any and all authors, and they never amount to anything.

 

There are people who adopt a self-important posture at the desk when they are about to do some reading, and then complain they are unable to read because the room is too cold, or the chair is too hard, or the light is too strong. And there are writers who complain that they cannot write because there are too many mosquitos, or the writing paper is too shiny, or the noise from the street is too great.

 

The real master tolerates misprints when reading history, as a good traveler tolerates bad roads when climbing a mountain, one going to watch a snow scene tolerates a flimsy bridge, one closing to live in the country tolerates vulgar people, and one bent on looking at flowers tolerates bad wine.

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