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14 The princeps copy, clad in blue and gold.
Now go, write it before them in a table, and JOHN FERRIAR—Bibliomania.
note it in a book.
Isaiah. XXX. 8. Now cheaply bought, for thrice their weight in gold.
Oh that my words were now written! oh that JOHN FERRIAR—Bibliomania.
they were printed in a book!
Job. XIX. 23.
, rare volume, black with tarnished gold.
My desire is . that mine adversary had
written a book. JOHN FERRIAR—Bibliomania.
Job. XXXI. 35. Learning hath gained most by those books by which the Printers have lost.
A man will turn over half a library to make FULLER—Holy and the Profane State. Of
one book. Books.
SAMUEL JOHNSON—Boswell's Life of Johnson.
(1775) Some Books are onely cursorily to be tasted of. FULLER—Holy, and the Profane State. Of Blest be the hour wherein I bought this book; Books. (See also BACON)
His studies happy that composed the book,
And the man fortunate that sold the book. Books are necessary to correct the vices of BEN JONSON—Every man out of his Humour. the polite; but those vices are ever changing,
Act I. Sc. 1. and the antidote should be changed accordingly -should still be new.
Pray thee, take care, that tak’st my book in GOLDSMITH – Citizen of the World. Letter hand, LXXII.
To read it well; that is to understand.
BEN JONSON—Epigram 1.. In proportion as society refines, new books must ever become more necessary.
When I would know thee * GOLDSMITH-Citizen of the World. Letter
Upon thy well-made choice of friends and books;
Then do I love thee, and behold thy ends I armed her against the censures of the world;
In making thy friends books, and thy books showed her that books were sweet unreproach- friends. ing companions to the miserable, and that if
BEN JONSON—Epigram 86. they could not bring us to enjoy life, they would at least teach us to endure it. GOLDSMITH-Vicar of Wakefield. Ch. XXII.
Quicquid agunt homines, votum, timor, ira, voluptas, gaudia, discursus, nostri est farrago
libelli. I have ever gained the most profit, and the
The doings of men, their prayers, fear, most pleasure also, from the books which have
wrath, pleasure, delights, and recreations, are made me think the most: and, when the diffi
the subject of this book. culties have once been overcome, these are the JUVENALSatires. I. I. 85. books which have struck the deepest root, not only in my memory and understanding. but likewise in my affections.
In omnibus requiem quæsivi J. C. AND A. W. HARE-Guesses at Truth.
Et non inveni P. 458.
Nisi seorsim sedans
In angulo cum libello. Thou art a plant sprung up to wither never,
Everywhere I have sought rest and found it But, like a laurell, to grow green forever.
not except sitting apart in a nook with a little HERRICK–Hesperides. To His Booke.
Written in an autograph copy of THOMAS À. The foolishest book is a kind of leaky boat on
KEMPIS's De Imitatione, according to COR
NELIUS A. LAPIDE (Cornelius van den a sea of wisdom; some of the wisdom will get in anyhow.
Steen), a Flemish Jesuit of the 17th century, HOLMES—The Poet at the Breakfast-Table. XI.
who says he saw this inscription. At Zwoll is a picture of à Kempis with this inscrip
tion, the last clause being “in angello cum Dear little child, this little book
libello"-in a little nook with a little book. Is less a primer than a key
In angellis et libellis in little nooks (cells) To sunder gates where wonder waits
and little books. Given in KING–Classical Your "Open Sesame!”
Quotations as being taken from the preface RUPERT HUGHES—With a First Reader.
of De Imitatione.
(See also WILSON)
Koran. Ch. XIII.
Leaving us heirs to amplest heritages
ing from Shakespeare.
Books are sepulchres of thought.
LONGFELLOW—Wind Over the Chimney. St. 8.
Deep vers'd in books, and shallow in himself.
MILTON—Paradise Regained. Bk. IV. L. 327.
19 Un livre est un ami qui ne trompe jamais.
A book is a friend that never deceives.
Claimed for DESBARREAUX BERNARD.
SCOTT-The Monastery. Vol. I. Ch. XII.
A multitude of books distracts the mind.
All books are either dreams or swords,
AMY LOWELL-Sword Blades and Poppy Seed. 9
If I were asked what book is better than a cheap book, I would answer that there is one book better than a cheap book, and that is a book honestly come by. LOWELL-Before the U. S. Senate Committee on
Patents, Jan. 29, 1886.
Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnished me
The Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 165.
And deeper than did ever plummet sound,
The Tempest. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 56.
Troilus and Cressida. Act I. Sc. 3.
5 Their books of stature small they take in hand, Which with pellucid horn secured are; To save from finger wet the letters fair. SHENSTONE—The Schoolmistress. St. 18.
(See also TICKELL) You shall see them on a beautiful quarto page, where a neat rivulet of text shall me ander through a meadow of margin. SHERIDAN-School for Scandal. Act I. Sc. 1.
(See also TICKELL)
Printed to be.
But every page having an ample marge,
(Se also TICKELL)
TICKELL—The Hornbook. (See also SHENSTONE, SHERIDAN, TENNYSON)
They are for company the best friends, in Doubt's Counsellors, in Damps Comforters, Time's Prospective the Home Traveller's Ship or Hors the busie Man's best Recreation, the Opiate of idle Weariness, the Mindes best Ordinary, Nature's Garden and Seed-plot of Immortality.
BULSTRODE WHITELOCK_Zootamia, O for a Booke and a shadie nooke, eyther in-a
doore or out; With the grene leaves whisp'ring overhede,
or the Streete cries all about. Where I maie Reade all at my ease,
both of the Newe and Olde; For a jollie goode Booke whereon to looke,
is better to me than Golde. JOHN WILSON. Motto in his second-hand book
catalogues. Claimed for him by AUSTIN DOBSON. Found in SIR JOHN LUBBOCK'S Pleasures of Life and IRELAND's Enchiridion, where it is given as an old song. (See Notes and Queries, Nov. 1919, P. 297, for discussion of authorship.)
Books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good: Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and
blood, Our pastime and our happiness will grow.
WORDSWORTH-Poetical Works. Personal Talk.
Some books are drenched sands,
ALEXANDER SMITH-A Life Drama. Sc. 2. 9
When St. Thomas Aquinas was asked in what manner a man might best become learned, he answered, “By reading one book.” The homo unius libri is indeed proverbially formidable to all conversational figurantes. SOUTHEY—The Doctor. P. 164.
(See also AQUINAS) Go, little Book! From this my solitude
I cast thee on the Waters,-go thy ways:
The World will find thee after many days.
(See also BUNYAN) Books, the children of the brain.
SWIFT-Tale of a Tub. Sec. I.
Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books,
Or surely you'll grow double; Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks; Why all this toil and trouble? WORDSWORTH–The Tables Turned.
Who goeth a borrowing
bandry. September's Abstract. First lines
Again I hear that creaking step!
He's rapping at the door!
That ushers in a bore.
J. G. SAXE-My Familiar.
But never says “Adieu."
O, he's as tedious
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. I. L. 159.
BOSTON 18 A Boston man is the east wind made flesh.
19 The sea returning day by day
Restores the world-wide mart.
Fold Boston in his heart
EMERSON--Boston. St. 20.
He who prefers to give Linus the half of what he wishes to borrow, rather than to lend him the whole, prefers to lose only the half.
MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. I. Ep. 75.
You give me back, Phæbus, my bond for four hundred thousand sesterces; lend me rather a hundred thousand more. Seek some one else to whom you may vaunt your empty present: what I cannot pay you, Phæbus, is my own.
MARTIAL—Epigrams. Bk. LX. Ep. 102. 12
I have granted you much that you asked: and yet you never cease to ask of me. He who refuses nothing, Atticilla, will soon have nothing to refuse.
MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. XII. Ep. 79. The borrower is servant to the lender.
Proverbs. XXII. 7.
A hundred thousand men were led
SAM WALTER Foss—The Calf-Path.
Boston State-house is the hub of the solar system. You couldn't pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crow-bar. HOLMES--Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. VI.
(See also ZINCKLE)
A solid man of Boston;
Endicott. Act IV.
The god-like hero sate
His valiant peers were placed around,
(So should desert in arms be crowned).
Happy, happy, happy pair!
None but the brave,
None but the brave, None but the brave deserve the fair. DRYDEN–Alexander's Feast. St. 1. (See also Ovid; also BURNS and COLLIER under
Hoch klingt das Lied vom braven Mann,
As when the Organ's music rolls;
The deeds of great and noble souls. BÜRGER—Lied von Braven Mann.
Then rush'd to meet the in foe:
Americans who fell at Eutaw Springs.