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Sep. 4th, 2006 01:51 pm
mangofandango: (librarian)
I couldn't pass this one by. I am totally tempted to put it up in my library, in pretty calligraphy. ;)

"For him that stealeth a book from this library, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck by palsy & all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy, & let there be no surcease for his agony until he sink to dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the worm that dieth not, & when at last he goeth to his final punishment let the flames of hell consume him for ever & aye."
Attributed to the monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona"

In case you are looking for a whole bunch of rollicking library-related quotes, as we all are of course, check out:
mangofandango: (killprettyx - fred w/ book)
"I think that librarians get a bum rap. They're constantly represented as these staid do-gooders, hair in a bun, glasses on the nose. In fact, librarians have better eyesight than most professionals."
Alan Kurzweil
("Fresh Air" interview (NPR), 20 October 2001)
mangofandango: (jems - lost in transation)
"A century later, our olfactory sensibility has been marginalized and deadened by the chemicalization of our food and our environment, and the overwhelming proliferation of unnatural smells. The world of natural ordors has been co-opted by products; many people cannot smell a lemon without thinking of furniture cleaner. Oversaturation with chemical smells has compromised our ability to appreciate complex and subtle natural odors. Many of my clients have been astonished by a whiff from a vial of rose or jasmine absolute; they have forgotten - or never knew - what real flowers smell like. We are bombarded by department-store perfumes that shout their presence and linger monotonously and pervasively on the body and in the air, but the true magic of perfume eludes us. We have lost touch with what drew our kind to the smell of flowers and herbs in the first place, and with the rich and tangled history of our species and theirs." - Mandy Aftel, "Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume"

This is why I love my BPAL. It really has been a learning process, I think. Commercial perfume will never smell the same to me again.


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