Book Collecting Quotes

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Jorge Luis Borges
“Sometimes, looking at the many books I have at home, I feel I shall die before I come to the end of them, yet I cannot resist the temptation of buying new books. Whenever I walk into a bookstore and find a book on one of my hobbies — for example, Old English or Old Norse poetry — I say to myself, “What a pity I can’t buy that book, for I already have a copy at home.”
Jorge Luis Borges, This Craft of Verse

Carlos María Domínguez
“To build up a library is to create a life. It's never just a random collection of books.”
Carlos María Domínguez, The House of Paper

Walter Benjamin
“How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in the pursuit of books!”
Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

Augustine Birrell
“Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.”
Augustine Birrell

Edward Gibbon
“To a lover of books the shops and sales in London present irresistible temptations.”
Edward Gibbon, Memoirs of My Life

Michael Dirda
“As book collectors know all too well: We only regret our economies, never our extravagances.”
Michael Dirda

“Ask anyone with a big book collection, and they'll tell you moving them was the hardest part of the move. Take down a bookshelf and there's often no less than four, possibly up to eight, good Lord if it's over ten, boxes of dense material. This is the single greatest argument for welcoming ebooks. Abandoning print and having your Kindle on display instead doesn't sound like such a bad idea while carrying book box number seven to the car.”
Lauren Leto, Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere

“Beware the man of one book.”
Latin proverb

Pamela Paul
“Like all collectors, I exist in a perpetual state of want that bears no reasonable relationship to the quantity of unread books mounting up on my shelves.”
Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

“I am often asked a stock question: 'Have you actually read all those books?' To this I have my answer ready: 'Is there anybody who has read all the books in his library?' That would be like claiming to enjoy the incredible luxury and good fortune of being able to accomplish everything in this life that one would wish.”
Konstantinos Staikos

“Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method.

— Walter Benjamin, "Unpacking My Library”
Phillip Lopate, The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present

Vincent Starrett
“I hold a theory that, sooner or later, if a man but live long enough, certain books destined for his peculiar delight will find him, however obscure they or he may be.”
Vincent Starrett, Books and Bipeds

Leona Rostenberg
“To librarians, booksellers, and collectors there is nothing limited in the subject of books about books.”
Leona Rostenberg, Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion

“Book collecting! First editions and best editions; old books and new books - the ones you like and want to have around you. Thousands of 'em. I've had more honest satisfaction and happiness collecting books than anything else I've ever done in life.”
Peter Ruber, The Last Bookman

“Buy books, then, that you have read with profit and pleasure and hope to read and reread. Buy books that you may underscore passages and write upon the margins, thus assuring yourself that the book is your own. Keep the books that mean the most to you close at hand, one or two, if possible, on a table at your bedside. Do not hide away your favorite books or keep them locked in enclosed shelves. Do not keep them under glass.”
Burton Rascoe, The Joys of Reading: Life's Greatest Pleasure

Andrew Lang
“One gift the fairies gave me ... the love of books, the magic key that opens the enchanted door.”
Andrew Lang, Ballades & Rhymes from Ballades in Blue China and Rhymes a la Mode

A. Edward Newton
“I hold that book-collecting is the best of indoor sports, and I think I can provide proof; at any rate, I shall try.”
A. Edward Newton, This Book Collecting Game

Vincent Starrett
“A book collector is mad enough to begin with, Watson; but tempt him with some such bait as this Shakespeare quarto and he is bereft of all sanity.”
Vincent Starrett, The Unique Hamlet: A Hitherto Unchronicled Adventure of Mr. Sherlock Holmes

“O my darling books…how dear to me are they all! For have I not chosen them one by one, gathered them in with the sweat of my brow? I do love you all! It seems as if, by long and sweet companionship, you had become part of myself.”
Antoine Issac, Baron Silvestre de Sacy

A. Edward Newton
“My advice to any one who may be temped by some volume with an inscription of the author on its fly-leaf or title-page is, 'Yield with coy submission' — and at once. While such books make frightful inroads on one's bank account, I have regretted only my economies, never my extravagances.”
A. Edward Newton, The Amenities of Book Collecting And Kindred Affections

“Magpies have an acquisitive instinct, and a similarly indiscriminate passion for accumulating junk afflicts one in a hundred of the human race. But that is not what we mean by a collector.”
John Carter, Taste & Technique in Book Collecting

“... books were not so prolific or so easily procurable from public libraries, and then many a reader had his own little collection of books of which he was proud. He knew them and loved them and had his favourite authors. His books were amongst his greatest friends, they were there to make his heart rejoice or to afford him consolation in distress.”
John Henry Spencer

A. Edward Newton
“By this time it will have been discovered that I am not much of a traveler; but I have always loved London — London with its wealth of literary and historic association, with its countless miles of streets lined with inessential shops overflowing with things that I don't want, and its grimy old book-shops overflowing with things that I do.”
A. Edward Newton, The Amenities of Book Collecting And Kindred Affections

A. Edward Newton
“Buying from Quaritch is rather too much like the German idea of hunting: namely, sitting in an easy chair near a breach in the wall through which game, big or little, is shooed within easy reach of your gun.”
A. Edward Newton, The Amenities of Book Collecting And Kindred Affections

“Decades later, it's striking to see the archival center clearly articulating the value of collections like Estelle's, using words that no one in the archdiocese could muster at the time of the sale: "The Archival Center," its website says today, "long ago embraced the notion expressed by Lawrence Clark Powell that: 'the collecting of books is...the summum bonum {highest good} of the acquisitive desire, for the reason that books brought together by plan and purposely kept together are a social force to be reckoned with, as long as people have clear eyes and free minds.”
Margaret Leslie Davis, The Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book's Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey