Quot Libros, Quam Breve Tempus! November 4, 2001
(So Many Books, So Little Time!)
Books can be untamed streams of cerebral bliss, comfort for
the soul, windows to unconquered worlds, faithful friends,
keepers of knowledge, time machines, or an escape from the
tedium of daily existence. The only thing better than reading a
book you love, is having the book read to you by someone you
We adore books, not only for the thoughts they contain, but
for the thoughts we compose when we immerse our minds in them.
Finding a book to amuse is sometimes not enough. Delving into
the minds of the greatest authors of our time and then reviewing
their works, can be a very satisfying journey...and I have only
How does one tame the desire to prowl in libraries and online
stores for that perfect book. How do you stop the quickening of
your heart as you feel your feet following your desire, straight
into the book ambush.
That trap of books that so entices, it makes you dizzy with
the perfume of the soul and the voices of authors calling to you
from the shelves. Surrounded by living books, you only wonder
how many you can carry out of the store and not feel the least
bit guilty for the pleasure. The only question is will you find
the book or will the book find you and jump from the shelves
into your hands?
The sensual experience of owning books and actually reading
them takes you above the level of a bibliophile. When you reach
the point in your life where you need a good read to survive in
life, you enter a world somewhere between the existence of a
bibliophile and hell. When you start to believe in books that
write themselves and find you so you can breathe, then you are
in serious danger of book addiction.
In the pages of Speaking of Books, you will meet your reading
soul mates and lose or find yourself in their minds. To decide
if you should buy this book, ask yourself:
Do I secretly wish I lived in a library and never had to
Are books some of my most cherished possessions?
Am I an official member of Amazon Addicts Anonymous?
Have I ever fallen in love with the mind of an author?
Do I find myself asking people what they have read or advising
on what they should be reading?
Am I in sheer torment at the thought of the unread book?
Do I need a good laugh? Because some of these quotes are quite
Once you have identified yourself as an official book lover,
you may want to add this book to your collection. Not only will
you relate to most of the quotes, you will enjoy reading the
introduction to each chapter. I was simply possessed by this
book and read it cover to cover in a few hours.
The Index of Authors is also very useful for finding your
favorite quotes. It is likely you will find a quote that suits
Sir Thomas Phillips, in Portrait of an Obsession by A. N. L
Munby (1967) about sums up how I feel. "I wish to have one
copy of every book in the world." Now, is that too much to
If the very thought of communication with a finer mind
excites your very being and you imagine what pleasure it will be
to steal away to bed with a book for three hours of
uninterrupted intoxication, then you will especially enjoy this
escape to book heaven.