Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Sir Richard Steele
A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating, as wiser by always reading.
We live in an age that reads too much to be wise.
There are times when I think that the reading I have done in the past has had no effect except to cloud my mind and make me indecisive.
The perfect holiday for a lifelong reader is one with a stack of books and few distractions. Retiring after three decades as a bookseller, I look forward to reading my way through the stacks and shelves and lists of books waiting for me.
This blog will be something of a grab bag or commonplace book of reviews, quotations, notes on the history of books, the contemporary book trade, and anything connected with books and language. Reading is a great pleasure. Thinking and talking about books multiplies and intensifies that pleasure.
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