A man may usually be known by the books he reads as well as by the company
he keeps; for there is a companionship of books as well as of men; and one
should always live in the best company, whether it be of books or of men.
A good book may be among the best of friends. It is the same today that it
always was, and it will never change. It is the most patient and cheerful of
companions. It does not turn its back upon us in times of adversity or distress.
It always receives us with the same kindness; amusing and instructing us in
youth, and comforting and consoling us in age.
Men often discover their affinity to each other by the mutual love they
have for a book just as two persons sometimes discover a friend by the
admiration which both entertain for a third. There is an old proverb, ‘Love me,
love my dog.” But there is more wisdom in this:” Love me, love my book.” The
book is a truer and higher bond of union. Men can think, feel, and sympathize
with each other through their favorite author. They live in him together, and he