Wednesday, 13 April 2005

Patience and Fortitude Snippets

I borrowed a copy of Patience and Fortitude by Nicholas Basbanes through a BookCrossing book ring. I came across this wonderful quotation and just wanted to record it......

"What a place to be in is an old library! It seems as though all the souls of all the writers, that have bequeathed their labours to these Bodleians, were reposing here, as in some dormitory, or middle state. I do not want to handle, to profane the leaves, their winding sheets. I could as soon dislodge a shade. I seem to inhale learning, walking amid their foliage; and the odor of their moth-scented coverings is fragrant as the first bloom of those sciential apples which grew amid the happy orchard."
~~~~Charles Lamb, Oxford in the Vacation

Patience and Fortitude by Nicholas A Basbanes, Page 71.
ISBN 0 06 051446-9

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