Marcus Tullius Cicero
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
I cannot help but agree. When I go into a house where books are either hidden or simply don’t play a role in the life of the inhabitants, I can’t rid myself of the feeling of emptiness.
I’m aware how harsh that must sound, but it’s true for me. The quote has inspired a poem:
A World without Books
Empty and desolate
Unwelcoming and unfriendly
Without depth or substance
Without magic, without life
Lacking comfort and familiarity
Unseeing and unknowing