…we here, as you are bound to have noticed,

serve food twice and pour wine twice. Never once and never three times. A book, if you expect wonders from it, should also be read twice. It should be read once in youth, when you are younger than its heroes, and the second time when you are advanced in age and the book’s heroes become younger than yourself. That way you will see them from both sides of their years, and they will be able to put you to the test on the other side of the clock, where time stands still. This means that sometimes it is forever too late to read some books, just as sometimes it is forever too late to go to bed…”

Landscape Painted With Tea, Book One
Milorad Pavic