"…a book provides for a distillation of our sporadic mind, a record of its most vital manifestations, a concentration of inspired moments that might originally have arisen across a multitude of years and been separated by extended stretches of bovine gazing. To meet an author whose books one has enjoyed must, in this view, necessarily be a disappointment… because such a meeting can only reveal a person as he exists within, and finds himself subject to, the limitations of time."

— Alain de Botton

(Source: goodreads.com)