Sunday Quotations: May 22, 2011
My mom, from whom I inherited my love of books and reading, has a wonderful little volume entitled A Book Addict’s Treasury by Julie Rugg & Lynda Murphy. Occasionally she sends out particularly good snippets from its pages. Today’s quote is one such lovely snippet.
“I believe it then to be quite simply true that books have their own very personal feeling about their place on the shelves. They like to be close to suitable companions, and I remember once on coming into my library that I was persistently disturbed by my ‘Jane Eyre‘. Going up to it, wondering what was the matter with it, restless because of it, I only after a morning’s uneasiness discovered that it had been placed next to my Jane Austens, and anyone who remembers how Charlotte criticized Jane will understand why this will never do.”
— Hugh Walpole, These Diversions: Reading (1926)