The Pleasure of Books

‘A borrowed book is like a guest in the house; it must be treated with punctiliousness, with a certain considerate formality. You must see that it sustains no damage; it must not suffer while under your roof. You cannot leave it carelessly, you cannot mark it, you cannot turn down the pages, you cannot use it familiarly. And then, some day, although this is seldom done, you really ought to return it.’ 

From the speech ‘The Pleasure of Books’ by William Lyons Phelps (1933)

Read it here.

http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/phelps.htm

Shared by Amrita Saraogi


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