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"Living in a bookshop is like living in a warehouse of explosives.
Those shelves are ranked with the most furious combustibles in
the world -- the brains of men."

                   - from The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley

"There is no moderate life for a bookman...Give me the man whose
life is encircled by books, who lives and plays, wakes and dreams,
sells or lends, and everlastingly reads books, who practices what he
preaches, the true gospel that, next to mother's milk, books are the
best food."

                     -from A Passion For Books, by Lawrence Clark Powell

one reason for collecting books...

"...For some of it is indeed rescue work, in a way.  You light on your
find, you take it home, you clean it and repair it, and there it is: safe
on your shelf among companions of its own standing.  Whereas if you
had not appeared at the right time and place...Now who will go about
to deny the value of this sort of pious labor?"

                  -from the article Adventures in Book Collecting, by L. J.Lloyd,
                  published in Book Handbook (illust. quarterly), Sept 1951, London.