Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday Thoughts...

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
Desiderius Erasmus

This is one of my favourite quotes ever.  It took me by surprise the first time I read it and made me laugh out loud.  I love a man with an attitude like this!

I must admit that access to books is very high on my list of 'things I would want to keep in my life'.  The list isn't fancy - mostly I think I could do very well if I had internet access; books; wine; paper; and things to play with; and good coffee. Books sustain me, they excite me, they interest me. They are great companions - I never feel alone if I have a good book; and they nearly always add the most weight to my bag whenever we travel.  The thought of being stuck somewhere without a book sets up the most travel anxiety I ever have!

We were in Brussels in 2008 and actually got to visit Erasmus House. It was a great joy and amazing to wander the corridors, climb the stairs, touch his desk and think about all that he wrote from there.

This photo is from within a sculpture that is in the garden there.


  1. I have a wish-list much like yours!

  2. ah books yes, I understand that quote...

  3. F One of the great things about Erasmus was that he so loved books that the censors and their black pens could not even put him off from continuing to write. B


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