The soul reaching towards infinity…

Posted on May 7, 2019

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Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired by passionate devotion to them produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can peradventure read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity, and that this passion is the only thing that raises us above the beasts that perish, an argument which some have used in defence of the giddy raptures invoked by wine.

– attributed to A.E. Newton, A Magnificent Farce, p.78.

 

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