411 – “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

–Sir John Lubbock [He was paraphrasing a quote by Cicero, although this has been misattributed to Cicero extensively, See Source Notes for further information]

Quote Number:  364

Source: Lubbock, John. “On the Pleasure of Reading” in The Contemporary Review. Vol 49. 1886. Pg 241.

Source Notes: Lubbock is likely paraphrasing the quote “postea vero quam Tyrannio mihi libros disposuit mens addita videtur meis aedibus” in Cicero, Marcus Tullius. Ad Atticum 4.8. This translate as “Since Tyrannio has arranged my books, the house seems to have acquired a soul.” Although it has been pointed out that a more accurate translation of the Latin noun mens, would be “mind.”


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