“Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end, which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a book, than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system. The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul. ”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Learn from the past and learn from the ideas of others. Use this knowledge to help you find your own path, mold your own reasoning, create your own conclusions. But take heed, do not allow the ideas of others stifle your own unique perception or risk forsaking your freedom.