Quote for Today: Umberto Eco

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University © Lauren Manning with CClicense

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
© Lauren Manning with CClicense

Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors.

―Adso of Melk, Umberto EcoThe Name of the Rose

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