On books… by Barbara W. Tuchman

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

They are engines of change, windows on the world (and as a poet said) lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind.

Books are humanity in print.

–Barbara W. Tuchman