Monday, August 06, 2018


Dust of Libraries

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks, Vol. VIII: 1841-1843 (Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1970), p. 315 (slightly edited):
I hate books, they are an usurpation & impertinence. I cannot once go home to truth & Nature for this perpetual clatter of words & dust of libraries. Yet take me at my word & burn my books &, like poor Petrarch, I might come to insanity for want of this fine wine of the gods.

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