~ Julian Barnes, A Life with Books
“I collect books just as others store grain,
And bitterly complain I don’t have enough granaries.
In order to make space for a myriad ancient men,
I end up building three more rooms.
The books then ask the man who stores them:
“When will you have time to read us, sir?”
|~||Yuan Mei (1716–1797), Book Storage, tr. J.D.Schmidt|