Choicest Thoughts, Best Dress

Suppose “that we had it in our power to call up the shades of the greatest and wisest men that ever existed, 33and oblige them to converse with us on the most interesting topics — what an inestimable privilege should we think it ! — how superior to all common enjoyments !  But in a well-furnished library we, in fact, possess this power. We can question Xenophon and Cæsar on their campaigns, make Demosthenes and Cicero plead before us, join in the audiences of Socrates and Plato, and receive demonstrations from Euclid and Newton. In books we have the choicest thoughts of the ablest men in their best dress.” Aiken

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