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1. That place that does contain
My books, the best companions, is to me
A glorious court, where hourly I converse
With the old sages and philosophers;
And sometimes, for variety, I confer
With o and emperors, and weigh their counseis.
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—The Elder Broth
er. Act I. Sc. 2.
2 We get no good By being ungenerous, even to a book, And calculating profits—so much help By so much reading. It is rather when We gloriously forget ourselves, and plunge Soul-forward, headlong, into a book's profound, Impassioned for its beauty, and salt of truth— 'Tis then we get the right good from a book. E. B. BRowNING—Aurora Leigh. Bk. I. L. 700. 3. Books, books, books! I had found the secret of a garret room Piled high with cases in my father's name; Piled high, packed large-where, creeping in and out Among the giant fossils of my past, Like some small nimble mouse between the ribs Of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there At this or that box, pulling through the gap, In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, The first book first. And how I felt it beat Under my pillow, in the morning's dark, An hour before the sun would let me read! My books! At last, because the time was ripe, I chanced upon the poets. E. B. BRowNING—Aurora Leigh. Bk. I. L. 830.
If a book come from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts; all art and authorcraft are of small amount to that.
cons–Heroes and Hero Worship. Lecture
17 All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men. cons—have and Hero Worship. Lecture
18 In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream. CARLYLE—Heroes and Hero Worship. The Hero as a Man of Letters.
19 The true University of these days is a collection of Books. CARLYLE—Heroes and Hero Worship. The Hero as a Man of Letters.
“There is no book so bad,” said the bachelor, “but something may be found in it.”
CERVANTEs—Don Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. III.
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
18 In every man's memory, with the hours when life culminated are usually associated certain books which met his views. EMERSON-Letters and Social Aims. Quotation and Originality. 19 There are many virtues in books, but the essential value is the adding of knowledge to our stock by the record of new facts, and, better, by the record of intuitions which distribute facts, and are the formulas which supersede all histories. EMERSON.—Letters and Social Aims. Persian Poetry. 20 We prize books, and they prize them most who are themselves wise. EMERSON.—Letters and Social Aims. Quotation and Originality.