The art of reading…

Thus we can roughly define what we mean by the art of reading as follows: the process whereby a mind, with nothing to operate on but the symbols of the readable matter, and with no help from outside, elevates itself by the power of its own operations. The mind passes from understanding less to understanding more. The skilled operations that cause this to happen are the various acts that constitute the art of reading.

Mortimer Adler, from How to Read a Book, p. 8

Our library is our armory…

“A monastery without a library,” a monk in Normandy wrote in 1170, “is like a castle without an armory. Our library is our armory.”

James Emery White, from Serious Times, p. 107