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"There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the
amateur should content himself with the modern books.  Thus I have found as a tutor in English Literature that is the average
student wants to find out something about Platonism, the very last thing he thinks of doing is to take a translation of Plato off
the library shelf and read... He feels inadequate and thinks he will not understand him.  But if he only knew, the great man, just
because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator... Naturally, since I myself am a writer, I do
not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books.  But if he must read only the new or only the old, I would advise him to
read the old... A new book is still on its trial and the amateur is not in a position to judge it... It is a good rule, after reading a
new book, never allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between... Every age has its own outlook... We
all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistake of our own period."

C.S. Lewis  "Introduction."
St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation. p.3-4.