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A Few Words On Books

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A good rernark somebody made once is that if you own books you do not aave to read them. That is, if you hear }f a certain book, you say, "I must get that out of the library and read it. " If fon do so, it is uecessary to read it at once and return it. If you eau buy it, fou toad what portion satisfies your particular want at the moment, and then there it stands among your other good Prienda, always ready, like any real friend, to serve you at a moment's notice in any way it can. Indeed, it is a real friend, becauseituever deserts you, never goes back on you, never ohangt , unless someboily borrows it, and that is uot the book's fault. The mere fact that your room is filled with books is a good kind of iufluence, for there is eomething in the mere proximity of books that makes a chap serious oocasionally and induces hini to uit and ponder once in awhile in the midst of liis grind, his sport, his daily work and his other and less valuable friends at school or college Then, too, in these duys, when there are so many hundreds of books a year , and so many niillions already published, ' it is utterly impossible to try to read, as the old fellows in the later middle ages used to, everything that is published. It is far botter to re-read some good, familiar thiugs again and again. They are good bookp, they are your especial favor i tes, and you will seldom fail to find something new in them each tiiae you read them. It givesyou a little idea of how much the writiug oí' them must liave meant to their author if you can read tttem, say, 20 times and still go on fmding something you had nor. succeeded


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