Winston Churchill on Personal Libraries

245px-Sir_Winston_S_ChurchillI’M CURRENTLY READING William Manchester’s excellent biography of Winston Churchill, The Last Lion. Churchill loved books and often wrote about them. In the following quote he expressed my own behavior with regard to my 3,000 volume personal library — 

“If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or, as it were, fondle them — peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on their shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that if you do not know what is in them, you will at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them at any rate be your acquaintances.” 

[Friend Andy Glass directed me to the blog post, The Libraries, Studies, and Writing Rooms of 15 Famous Men. Kindred spirits all. Click here to see some great studies and writing rooms; included is Winston Churchill’s study.]


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