The book

I stumbled upon this quote while processing materials related to scholarly communication this week. It comes from a 1980s promotional pamphlet for The Center of the Book, a Library of Congress program that is thriving today.

Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.

– Barbara W. Tuchman, from “The Book” Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences , Vol. 34, No. 2 (Nov., 1980), pp. 16-32.

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