Today, at least in the U.S., the literary world finds itself in a curious crossroads. With the advent of the “e-book”, you hear a lot of people (mostly writers) bemoaning that it shall surely mean the death of our precious hard copies of books one day. While, frankly, I think that’s more than a slight over-exaggeration, regardless of the end result, one thing remains true: books, literature, will live on. Whatever form they take, man will always have a thirst for reading.
Today’s quotes address books specifically, and their place in this curious little society of our, ever-changing as it may be…
“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”
~Edward P. Morgan
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
~Charles W. Eliot
“To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare.”