In angulo cum libro

In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro. (Thomas à Kempis)

It is not unusual to find Thomas à Kempis quoted — often on the subject of peace: eg, “All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace.”

Today, I found him quoted on an electronic sign, in my favourite bookshop: “I have looked everywhere for peace, and found it nowhere except in the corner with a book.”

Perhaps, next time I visit, the sign will read: “A book has but one voice, but it does not instruct everyone alike.”


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