"Isn't it good just to be alive on a day like this? I pity the people who aren't born yet for missing it. They may have good days, of course, but they can never have this one."
Saturday, July 6, 2013
"As much as they are vessels for stories (and poetry, reference, information, etc.), books are historical artifacts and repositories for memories... A book is much more than a delivery vehicle for its contents."
-Allison Hoover Bartlett, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
"'What shall I do with all my books?' was the question; and the answer 'read them,' sobered the questioner. But if you cannot read them, at any rate handle them, and, as it were, fondle them. Peer into them. Let them fall open where they will. Read on from the first sentence that arrests the eye. Then turn to another. Make a voyage of discovery, taking soundings of uncharted seas. Set them back on their shelves with your own hands. Arrange them on your own plan, so that if you do not know what is in them, you at least know where they are. If they cannot be your friends, let them at any rate be your acquaintances. If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition."