New Ideas

A thoughtful proverb, variously attributed but without detailed sourcing:

"If you want new ideas, read old books;
if you want old ideas, read new books."

Perhaps a better version, credited to G. K. Chesterton:

"You can find all the new ideas in the old books;
only there you will find them balanced, kept in
their place, and sometimes contradicted and overcome
by other and better ideas. The great writers did not
neglect a fad because they had not thought of it,
but because they had thought of it and of all
the answers to it as well."

(cf. Old News (2011-09-16), ...) - ^z - 2016-10-18