Something to Remember If You are Giving or Receiving a Book as a Christmas Present

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them, but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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4 responses to “Something to Remember If You are Giving or Receiving a Book as a Christmas Present

  1. Elisabeth Ecker

    I am not going to live long enough to read all the books that are stacked beside my bed.

  2. It may be a pathology but some of us derive great pleasure simply from possessing books.

  3. Elisabeth Ecker

    Exactly Horace!

  4. Macolm Muggeridge: The English read books; North Americans read book reviews. (It saves time…)

    But see this, from the Globe on Dec 27:

    “In Iceland, National Public Radio says, “the best Christmas gift is a book – and it has been that way for decades. Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country in the world. … But what’s really unusual is the timing: Historically, a majority of books in Iceland are sold from late September to early November. It’s a national tradition and it has a name: Jolabokaflod, or the ‘Christmas Book Flood.’ ‘The culture of giving books as presents is very deeply rooted in how families perceive Christmas as a holiday,…”
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/author-offers-offbeat-reward-for-finding-his-dog/article6749537/ (fourth item)