“The world is divided between readers and non-readers – and the difference between the two is enormous and unbridgeable.
Readers absorb; non-readers broadcast.
Readers know stuff; non-readers are running on empty.
Readers are curious; non-readers aren’t.
Readers are obsessed with the world beyond themselves; non-readers are self-obsessed.
Reading, like any addiction, has its problems. Once you discover that the best books are better company than most people, you can lose patience with the company of most people. To be caught without a book or a paper in a queue, at an airport or on a train, is extreme agony.The cure for the addiction, though, is easy – always have a book or paper on you; and do your best to minimise your time in the company of boring people – themselves almost always non-readers.”