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..._Cowley_; be industrious with _Hutton_; sympathizing with _Gay_ and _Mrs. Inchbald_; laughing with (and at) _Buncle_; melancholy, and forlorn, and self-restored with the shipwrecked mariner of _De Foe_."
Carlyle has wisely said that a collection of books is a real university.
The importance of books has been appreciated in many quarters where we might least expect it. Among the hardy Norsemen runes were supposed to be endowed with miraculous power. There is an Arabic proverb, thatA wise man's day is worth a fool's life." and another--though it reflects perhaps rather the spirit of the Califs than of the Sultans,--that "the ink of science is more precious than the blood of the martyrs."
Confucius is said to have described himself as a man who "in his eager pursuit of knowledge forgot his food, who in the joy of its attainment forgot his sorrows, and did not even perceive that old age was coming on."
Yet, if this could be said by the Arabs and the Chinese, what language can be strong enough to express... Proverb, Arabian
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