“You are a reader, and therefore a thinker, an observer, a living soul who wants more out of the human experience.” Salil Jha
” Old books exert a fascination for me – – their smell, their feel, their history; wondering who might have owned them, how they lived, what they felt.” Lauren Willig
Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.” Christopher Paolini
” Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles William Elliot
I’ve always had old books in my library. Some for a very long time now. The books on this shelf for example.
My Life And Work by Henry Ford, 1922. Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, The Treasury of American Folklore, Theodore Roosevelt Hunting the Grizzly, The Wilderness Hunters, The Rough Riders, 1889 Uncle Tom’s Cabin or Life Among the Lowly, Harriet Beecher Stowe, published by the Federal Book Company (no date, an original?), Elliot Moore’s Textbook on Writing the Photoplay, 1918, The Webster Franklin Fourth Reader for the use of Public and Private Schools, 1873, Everybody’s Complete Encyclopedia, Whitman Publishing Company, Short Stories New and Old, 1916, Danny Orlis and the Wrecked Plane, Bernard Palmer, 1956, Hopalong Cassidy and The Trail to the Seven Pines, 1950, American Boy’s Handy Book – What to do and How to do it, 1882, The New Etiquette, Margery Wilson, 1937, Henry David Thoreau – Three complete Books, The Maine Woods, Walden, Cape Cod.
“The beautiful thing about reading old books, is realizing all your struggles, aren’t a you thing but a human thing.” Atticus
“Oddly enough, my favorite genre is not fiction. I’m attracted by primary sources that are relevant to historical questions of interest to me, by famous old books on philosophy or theology that I want to see with my own eyes, by essays on contemporary science, by the literatures of antiquity.” Marilynne Robinson
“Half of my library are old books because I like seeing how people thought about their world at their time, so that I don’t get big headed about something we’ve discovered and I can be humble about where we might go next. Because you can see who got stuff right and most of the people who got stuff wrong.” Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Raised in a house filled with old books, I’m drawn to them: the dust jackets that call out a historical moment, the marbled boards, the words pressed into the page with moveable type.” Jacob Weisberg
” Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” Plato
For the love of old books.
Happy Trails, Dohn