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Bibliophile. . . and loving it!

As a chronic bibliophile, every once-in-a-while I go through my books and try to donate some to worthy causes, I then pick up a couple of ‘old friends’ that I have not read in a while.  This then leads to eight or so books on my bedside table that I lovingly ‘revisit’.

One such book is ‘Like a Flowing River’ by Paulo Coelho, lovely bedtime reading with a ‘feel-good’ factor.  I quote from it:

The funny thing about human beings.

A man asked my friend Jaime Cohen: ‘What is the human being’s funniest characteristic?’

Cohen said: ‘Our contradictoriness.  We are in such a hurry to grow up, and then we long for our lost childhood.  We make ourselves ill earning money, and then spend all our money on getting well again.  We think so much about the future that we neglect the present, and thus experience neither the present nor the future.  We live as if we were never going to die, and die as if we had never lived.’

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2 thoughts on “Bibliophile. . . and loving it!

  1. Enjoying your blog — as a retired (recently) English professor, I of course recognized the quote in your blog name. Last one I read is the “Bibliophile” one. Me, too — but I resell books I’m truly done with to a local bookstore — just went over there today and picked up two books for no cash outlay, just the money on account.

    • Hi Brendan I enjoy your blog too, keep it up now you have more time. I recently have started to declutter (a ‘move’ initiated this) but am enjoying rereading some ole ‘friends’, blog some of your favourite books, would love to read!

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