Quotation by Arnold Bennett

Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
Arnold Bennett (1867–1931), British novelist. The Journals of Arnold Bennett, entry for Oct. 15, 1896, ed. Frank Swinnerton (1932).
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