Jul 14, 2008

The Quote Shelf

Medieval text with Latin script A frequent feature on this site; feel free to comment on the quote or to supply a competing quote.

As long as the centuries continue to unfold, the number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes.
-- Denis Diderot


Tim said...

One might say this is exactly what the internet is doing...

microdot said...

But who needs to read all the books, especially when I am now writing "An Idiots Guide To The Universe"?

The Commentator said...

Diderot was quite prescient.

The problem is that too many - way, way too many - bad books are being published.