The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.
Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason, mastery demands the whole person.
Much less is it adviseable for a Person to go thither who has no other Quality to recommend him but his Birth. In Europe it has indeed its Value, but it is a Commodity that cannot be carried to a worse Market than to that of America, where People do not enquire concerning a Stranger, What is he? but What can he do?
It is not possible for any thinking person to live in such a society as our own without wanting to change it.