Important thoughts for the Age of Wikipedia.

It is not always realized, yet it is nevertheless true, that a good deal of knowledge is required before you can use a reference book well. (…) Thus a reference book is an antidote to ignorance in only a limited way. It cannot cure total ignorance. It cannot do your thinking for you.

 

How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren.

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