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Quotes of the Day for 23 February 2001 – Books

Record keeping at the end of the 14th century wasn't what it is today, so we don't really know that Johannes Gutenberg was born on this day in 1400. We're not even certain of the year, it might have been as much as five years earlier. But by many accounts (including mine) he was the most important person of the second millennium, so I've chosen a few Bookish quotes.

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The quotes:

The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
     - Voltaire

That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.
     - Amos Bronson Alcott

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
     - Saint Augustine

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
     - Arthur Schopenhauer

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folk have lent to me.
     - Anatole France


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