Friday, August 14, 2009


Quotable: Books

Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we musn't ask ourselves what it says, but what it means.

Source: Character of Brother William of Baskerville (Fourth Day, After Compline) in The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

Source: Of Studies by Francis Bacon. Quoted in The Key to The Name of the Rose Adele J. Haft et al (Univ. of Michigan Pr., 1999) p. 177.

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