1. Intelligence and academic achievement run in Tom's family, with generations of scholars and intellectuals.
2. The scholar believed that unread books make hollow minds, and spent much of his life reading and studying in order to deepen his understanding of his field of expertise.
3. The scholar had spent years accumulating knowledge and wisdom from books, but he understood that a man is happy when he has books, but happier still when he does not need them - when he can rely on his own intellect and experience to navigate the world.
4. In this regard, scholars only have ideas and speculations.