Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
In honor of World Book Night on April 23rd, I ask you to consider this quote. Thomas Jefferson may have had his faults, but the promotion of literacy and the love of the printed word were not among them.
I love the image of books as capital. Are we not enriching our children by reading stories, teaching them to read and then exposing them to books? Why not, then, continue that enrichment throughout our lives?
As I pass out free books this evening, I will proudly spread the wealth.
6 thoughts on “Monday Quote: Books as Capital”
Have fun passing out books. I am celebrating by going to our semi-annual Friends of the Library Book Sale.
That sounds like a fun way to celebrate. I’m eager and nervous about how commuters will respond.
The man had a point, and so do you! Yay for free books!
Thanks Cheri. A big YAY indeed.
Love it! I just had the same thought about buying my little boy as many books as I can. I just think it is SO important. What a great quote.
Thanks Gina. I would definitely rather trip on stacks of books than piles of LEGOS.