For Christmas, a friend gave me this book: Sertilanges, A.G. The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University America Press, 1998. This is a later printing in paperback of the edition with updated introductory matter published in 1946. I think Sertilanges originally published the book in 1920.
Here’s something I came across day before yesterday:
Flee those minds that can never rise above their academic rules, that are the slaves of their work instead of doing it in the fullness of light. It is a mark of inferiority plainly in contradiction with an intellectual vocation to allow oneself to be tied down by narrow prescriptions and to have one’s mind benumbed into bookish forms. Helots or eternal children: such are those pretended workers who are out of their element in any higher region, in face of any broad horizon, and who would like to reduce others to their narrow elementary school orthodoxy. ( p.139)