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Quotes of the Day for 30 September 2002 – Books

Something extraordinary happened at Mainz, Germany 450 years ago today. A goldsmith cum printer by the name of Johann Gutenberg started a print job. It was a big job, and took over two years to complete: The first verifiable book printed with moveable type. It was first known as the Mazarin or Mazarine Bible after the French nobleman in whose collection the book was first noticed by modern scholars. It is often called the 42-Line Bible, as there are 42 lines of type in each column of text. Printing books changed the world, and this was the first one.

Incidentally, there are at least two copies of the complete Gutenberg Bible available on line. The British Library's copy is at and the Library of Congress copy is at

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The quotes:

The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall, nations perish, civilization grow old and die out, but in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen.
     - Clarence Day

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.
     - Ernest Hemingway

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
     - Gilbert Highet

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
     - Mortimer J. Adler

Books give not wisdome where none was before,
But where some is, there reading makes it more.
     - Sir John Harington

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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