Membersmartblonde

Joined
Nov 25, 2008
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About My Library
I own a Kindle Paperwhite 2, and use Calibre to manage my free-book library on my cpu.
http://calibre-ebook.com/

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My physical, listed library consists of only those books I deem worthy enough to keep or are unowned yet good enough to mention and rate. Also recorded here are children's books which I feel are very important and useful books (including some that were mine as a child).

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I do not read or listen to abridged volumes if at all possible. I also find it important to separate great literature and historical fiction from the masses of overproduced romance, fantasy and sci-fi fiction works that clog the shelves. I opt for quality and not quantity. I believe the number of books in ones library is meaningless if it's filled with worthless texts.

~My favorite quotes about books.~

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. ~William Hazlitt

The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. ~Andrew Ross

To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list. ~John Aikin

Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance. ~ Lyndon B Johnson

For friends... do but look upon good Books: they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble. ~Francis Bacon

"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~François Mauriac

I have friends whose society is delightful to me; they are persons of all countries and of all ages; distinguished in war, in council, and in letters; easy to live with, always at my command. ~Francesco Petrarch

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~Edmund Burke

There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book; books are well written or badly written. ~Oscar Wilde

Lastly:
When evening comes, I return home and enter my study; on the threshold I take off my workday clothes, covered with mud and dirt, and put on the garments of court and palace. Fitted out appropriately, I step inside the venerable courts of the ancients, where, solicitously received by them, I nourish myself on that food that alone is mine and for which I was born; where I am unashamed to converse with them and to question them about the motives for their actions, and they, out of their human kindness, answer me. And for four hours at a time I feel no boredom, I forget all my troubles, I do not dread poverty, and I am not terrified by death. I absorb myself into them completely.
Niccolò Machiavelli December 10, 1513
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