His thoughts on book collecting have given me unexpected pleasure this evening. I'd like to share the end of his address:
"Book collecting, the pursuit of a passion, can be an expensive avocation, or it can be a pleasure enjoyed with no great cost save in human energy. But whether it is a game played in the grand manner, or as a simple pastime, the collecting of books as treasures is deeply satisfying to the active mind. The man who is alive to all that moves about him in this complex world cannot complete his day's occupation, remove all thought from his mind, and become quiescent; he must employee his unceasing need for mental & physical activity either in a continuation of the day's business or in the pursuit of a wholly diverse hobby. The rewards of book collecting are very great. The uncultivated mind is an asset neither to its owner or to its owner's associates. Be generous to yourself and your friends--be a book collector."
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