Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Books Picked Up by Chance

Herman Melville (1819-1891), White-Jacket, chapter 41:
My book experiences on board of the frigate proved an example of a fact which every book-lover must have experienced before me, namely, that though public libraries have an imposing air, and doubtless contain invaluable volumes, yet, somehow, the books that prove most agreeable, grateful, and companionable, are those we pick up by chance here and there; those which seem put into our hands by Providence; those which pretend to little, but abound in much.

Cornelis Springer (1817-1891), Bookstall

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