"Many times the reading of a book has made the fortune of a reader,--has decided his way of life. The reading voyages and travels has waked a boy's ambition and curiosity and made him a sailor and a explorer of new countries all his life, a powerful merchant, a good soldier, a pure patriot, or a successful student of science."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
from First We Read, Then We Write
Emerson on the Creative Process
Robert D. Richardson
University Of Iowa Press