Too many books

"To read too many books is harmful."

-- Mao Zedong

Bradbury on Culture and Reading

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get the people to stop reading them."

-- Ray Bradbury

Joseph Heller on Them

"They will do whatever we let them get away with."

-- Joseph Heller

He tried to read an elementary economics text...

"He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance, it was like listening to somebody interminably recounting a long and stupid dream. He could not force himself to understand how banks functioned and so forth, because all the operations of capitalism were as meaningless to him as the rites of a primitive religion, as barbaric, as elaborate, and as unnecessary. In a human sacrifice to deity there might at least be a mistaken and terrible beauty; in the rites of the money-changers, where greed, laziness, and envy were assumed to move all men's acts, even the terrible became banal."

-- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Disposessed

The frozen sea...

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us."

-- Franz Kafka
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