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 Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia) once said...

What a place to be in is an old library! It seems as though all the souls of all the writers that have bequeathed their labours to these Bodleians were reposing here as in some dormitory, or middle state. I do not want to handle, to profane the leaves, their winding-sheets. I could as soon dislodge a shade. I seem to inhale learning, walking amid their foliage; and the odor of their old moth-scented coverings is fragrant as the first bloom of those sciential apples which grew amid the happy orchard. - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),

In Libraries Quotes, by Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia) , Source: Essays of Elia--Oxford in the Vacation

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