Quote: Books You Don't Know

There is more than one way not to read, the most radical of which is not to open a book at all.  For any given reader, however dedicated he might be, such total abstention necessarily holds true for virtually everything that has been published, and thus in fact this constitutes our primary way of relating to books.  We must not forget that even a prodigious reader never has access to more than an infinitesimal fraction of the books that exist.  As a result, unless he abstains definitively from all conversation and all writing, he will find himself forever obliged to express his thoughts on books he hasn't read.

- How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard, p3

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