Augustine Birrell

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Augustine Birrell (19 January 185020 November 1933) was an English essayist, biographer and politician.


In the Name of the Bodleian, and Other Essays[edit]

  • A great library easily begets affection, which may deepen into love.
    • "In the Name of the Bodleian"
  • It is pleasant to be admitted into the birth-chamber of a great idea destined to be translated into action.
    • "In the Name of the Bodleian"
  • Words are women, deeds are men.
    • "In the Name of the Bodleian"
  • Great is bookishness and the charm of books.
    • "Bookworms"
  • Personally, I am dead against the burning of books.
    • "Bookworms"
  • Oh, those scoundrelly Charity Commissioners! […] By the side of these anthropoid apes, the genuine bookworm, the paper-eating insect, ravenous as he once was, has done comparatively little mischief.
    • "Bookworms"
  • There were no books in Eden, and there will be none in heaven;
    • "Gossip in a Library"
  • There are no habits of man more alien to the doctrine of the Communist than those of the collector
    • "Gossip in a Library"
  • It can never be wrong to give pleasure.
    • "Gossip in a Library"

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