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I certainly think that the best book in the world would owe the most to a good index, and the worst book, if it had but a single good thought in it, might be kept alive by it.
      - Horace Binney, to S. Austin Allibone

Time is of more value than type, and the wear and tear of the temper than an extra page of index.
      - Rachel Harriette Busk

So essential did I consider an index to be to every book, that I proposed to bring a bill into Parliament to deprive an author who publishes a book without an index of the privilege of copyright, and, moreover, to subject him for his offense to a pecuniary penalty.
      - Lord John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell,
        Live of the Chief Justices of England
         (preface to Vol. III)

An index is a necessary implement. * * * Without this, a large author is but a labyrinth without a clue to direct the readers within.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Worthies of England

I wish you would add an index rerum, that when the reader recollects any incident he may easily find it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The index tells us the contents of stories and directs to the particular chapters.
      - Philip Massinger and Nathan Field,
        The Fatal Dowry (act IV, sc. 1)

How index-learning turns no student pale,
  Yet holds the eel of science by the tale.
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
         (bk. I, l. 279)

Ay me, what act,
  That roars so loud and thunders in the index?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at III, iv)

For the success,
  Although particular, shall give a scantling
    Of good or bad unto the general;
      And in such indexes, although small pricks
        To their subsequent volumes, there is seen
          The baby figure of the giant mass
            Of things to come at large.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Nestor at I, iii)

If a book has no index or good table of contents, it is very useful to make one as you are reading it.
      - Isaac Watts


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