Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed on and digested. – Francis Bacon
You are what you eat. How’s your nutrition these days?
Currently on my Library Table (and often piled next to my bed):
- Aldus Huxley, Island – utopian follow on to Brave New World
- John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A book of Celtic wisdom
- Robert Macfarlane The Old Ways: A Journey on foot – following the ancient paths of Britain steeping in the natural history, stories, and meaning of it all.
“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” – Barbara Tuchman, Author of The Guns of August
- Joseph Conrad
- E. M. Forster
- C. S. Lewis
- Bertrand Russell
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Giambattista Vico
- Friedrich Nietzsche
- Stefan Zweig
- Mór Jókai
- Hugo von Hofmannsthal
- G. B. Shaw
- Charles Dickens
- Barbara Tuchman
- Robert Wohl
- Patrick Leigh Fermor
- Milan Kundera
- Jonathan Raban
- Ernest Hemingway
- Christopher Hitchens
- Michael Arlen
- Oscar Wilde
- Mark Slouka
- Markus Zusak
- Kevin Baker
No dining room is complete without a reference library. – Patrick Leigh Fermor
- The Great Books – Mortimer Adler and Britannica’s great gift to English-reading humanity.
- The Oxford English Dictionary (20 Volume Set) (Vols 1-20) – I have the Compact edition which I got for $2 at a rummage sale.
- Britannica Encyclopedia – Yes, the books. Nothing gets me started on a new subject like sitting down with a cup of tea and a volume of this old friend.
- Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia 5e: Fifth Edition – A wonderful tool to help make sense of literary references in your reading. Who was that Greek goddess? What was theme of that Ibsen play?
Heritage History compact library of old historical books for young readers – all on CD with beauitful old illustrations ready to read on-screen or to print. A huge resource of accessible, excellent material for young historians in the making.
Lovely quotes about books:
A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Cicero
After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books. – Albert Camus
There is no frigate like a book, To take us lands away. – Emily Dickinson
All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time. – John Ruskin
A book worth reading is worth buying. – John Ruskin
The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books. – Katharine Mansfield
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 Adler
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. – Mortimer Adler
If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a passage, you cannot expect the book to give you any insight you do not already possess. – Mortimer Adler
A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas—a place where history comes to life. – Norman Cousins
We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty. – Theodore Parker