Bookbinding Quotes in Literature

Mark Twain, 1835-1910


A thick old-fashioned heavy book with clasps is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.  On Book Design

Kenneth Grahame, 1859-1932


Not in that he bindeth books - for the fair binding is the final crown and flower of painful achievement - but because he bindeth not: because the weary weeks lapse by and turn to months, and the months to years, and still the binder bindeth not: and the heart grows sick with hope deferred. Each morn the maiden binds her hair, each spring the honeysuckle binds the cottage-porch, each autumn the harvester binds his sheeves, each winter the iron frost binds lake and stream, and still the binder bindeth not. Then a secret voice whispereth: “Arise, be a man, and slay him! Take him grossly, full of bread, with all his crimes broad-blown, as flush as May; At gaming, swearing, or about some act that hath no relish of salvation in it!” But when the deed is done, and the floor strewn with fragments of binder - still the books remain unbound. 

Pagan Papers.

Deborah Evetts Book Conservation, LLC

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Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887


A library in not a luxury, but one of the necessities of Life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832


Works of Art are the property of mankind and ownership carries with it the obligation to preserve them!  He who neglects this duty and directly or indirectly contributes to their damage or ruin invites the reproach of barbarism and will be punished with the contempt of all educated people now and in the future ages.

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