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RICHARD DE BURY, BISHOP OF DURHAM (F/K/A RICHARD AUNGERVYLE)
English learned prelate and collector of books
(1287 - 1345)

Let us consider how great a commodity of doctrine exists in books; how easily, how secretly, how safely they expose the nakedness of human ignorance without putting it to shame. These are the masters who instruct us without rods and ferules, without hard words and anger, without clothes or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if investigating you interrogate them, they conceal nothing; if you mistake them, they never grumble; if you are ignorant, they cannot laugh at you.
      - [Books : Instruction]

The book that he has made renders its author this service in return, that so long as the book survives, its author remains immortal and cannot die.
      - [Authorship]

Books are delightful when prosperity happily smiles; when adversity threatens, they are inseparable comforters. They give strength to human compacts, nor are grave opinions brought forward without books. Arts and sciences, the benefits of which no mind can calculate. depend upon books.
      - Philobiblon (ch. I) [Books]

You, O Books, are the golden vessels of the temple, the arms of the clerical militia with which the missiles of the most wicked are destroyed; fruitful olives, vines of Engaddi, fig-trees knowing no sterility; burning lamps to be ever held in the hand.
      - Philobiblon (ch. XV) [Books]


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