21 September 2010

A Few Chosen Friends

Martin Luther:
A student who doesn't want his work to go for nothing ought to read and reread some good author until the author becomes part, as it were, of his flesh and blood. Scattered reading confuses more than it teaches. Many books, even good ones, have the same effect on the student. So he is like the man who dwells everywhere and therefore dwells nowhere. Just as in human society we don't enjoy the fellowship of every friend every day, but only of a few chosen ones, so we ought to do in our studies.
--Table Talk, in LW 54:179, quoted in Timothy Lull, 'Luther's Writings,' in The Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther, p. 59

Such a friend you have been for me, Martin!

1 comment:

Eliza Huie said...

Great wisdom here. I can get spread out at times (especially on the blogosphere) so this was a good reminder to stay close to those dear friends. For me it has been my friendship with Spurgeon. He has been my counselor from the grave for many years.