Thanks to my friend Olga for sharing this with me! Bill Bennett speaks of his college course at Williams:
I had a great educational experience there. And you know, read a lot of books. And that has been intellectual capital. Again, I remember your mom told me, she said, “You will draw on that intellectual capital, you will find when you get a job in Washington, you’ll have no time, if you do this job right, to read books. You’ll be reading memos and writing memos.” And a lot of that’s true. So, readiness is all, Shakespeare says. So do that readiness when you’re in high school and when you’re in college-read, read, read, and read the good stuff. It pays off.
And on keeping a commonplace book:
I keep a commonplace book and recommend that, by the way, to young people. Things that strike you as good, well-said, write it down. Mine is now about 120 pages of quotes.