"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."
I think the author meant that the classics are timeless, and they will continue to speak to us so long as we are willing and able to read them thoroughly, think about them intensely, and discuss them with others.
Two years ago, I committed myself to reading the classics as a way to gain a classical education; it was literally an experiment. And as I was using The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer for a guide, my blog simply was "An Experiment With The Well-Educated Mind."
But my reading has since become more than just an experiment. It has grown into an experience - a relationship with the past and with great writers who inspire me think thoroughly about everything. These books that once intimidated me, now command my admiration. I have discovered that these stories of old, written by authors no longer living, have a soul, and in that soul is the essence of what the author is trying to tell us. He or she wants to have a conversation; and it is the reader's charge to uncover the main idea of the author.
Although the purpose of this blog has not changed, my initial expectations have. I am still on a quest for the classical education I never received, and I am still following The Well-Educated Mind book list, including answering WEM questions. My address remains the same: http://greatbookstudy.blogspot.com, however, the only outward change now is the name. This truly is my great book study - my conversations with the classics.
Happy New Year!
P.S. This reminds me of this poem by Emily Dickinson.