Thursday, January 27, 2011

Just don't take my books

I was talking with a friend today. The book Parkinson's Law came up. Cyril Northcote Parkinson is famous for having said that "Work expands to fill the capacity."

My friend and I got to talking about how stuff also seemed to expand to fill the capacity. I have a constand battle to declutter. My friend said as he had gotten older in life he had really simplified. Now he had a bed, couch and a TV. I was surprised he didn't mention books. I would have a hard time giving up my books.

This A.Word.A.Day thought captures some of my feelings about books:

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
-Gilbert Highet, writer (1906-1978)

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