It is more of a business to interpret the opinions than to interpret the text, and there are more books on books than on any subject: all we do is gloss each other…

Our opinions graft themselves onto each other. The first serves as stock for the second, the second for the third. And so we climb up, step by step. It thus transpires that the one who has honor often has more honor than he deserves, since he has climbed only one speck higher on the shoulders of his predecessors.

Montaigne: via Essays