Tuesday, February 1, 2011

From Winston Churchill's 'Painting as a Pastime'

On libraries: “As you browse about, taking down book after book from the shelves and contemplating the vast, infinitely varied store of knowledge and wisdom which the human race has accumulated and preserved, pride, even in its most innocent forms, is chased from the heart by feelings of awe not untinged with sadness. As one surveys the mighty array of sages, saints, historians, scientists, poets and philosophers whose treaures we will never be able to admire — still less enjoy — the brief tenure of our existence here dominates mind and spirit.”

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