Sunday, 18 September 2005

Book Quotations

A Pound of Paper by John Baxter

Page 51-52."Collectors abominate lending libraries. ..........Restoring a library book to collectable condition is like trying to return a Kentucky Fried Chicken to the state of health where it can lay an egg"

Page 86."To me, bookshops have always seemed as rivers do to a fisherman; maybe it's a reflection of Melville's comment in Moby Dick that all thinking people will find their way, sooner or later, to running water."

Page 191."The best fishing, as every angler knows, is found where other fisherman are not"

Patience & Fortitude by Nicholas Basbaines

Page 71
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

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