OT: A quote from Schopenhauer on book buying

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Apr 1 2015 2:13 PM

I just came across this. Um, does it say something to us Logos bookaholics?

"Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents." (Arthur Schopenhauer)

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 1 2015 4:22 PM

Rosie Perera:
as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.

That is something to ponder. Knowledge is important but application far more important.

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 1 2015 8:50 PM

Rosie Perera:
"... the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents."

Ouch. Sounds familiar.

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 1 2015 11:16 PM

Allen Browne:

Rosie Perera:
"... the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents."

Ouch. Sounds familiar.

I'm aware of this maxim of self-delusion, also--but I also know that if I don't have the book, I will never appropriate its contents. Logos editions make for the increased likelihood that I will have an unexpected opportunity to "get what's there to be gotten".

I remember one day asking myself why I had bothered to get a particular book, then the very next day I found multiple nuggets and gems that I am sure to quote at some point. That was "the plan and rationale" playing out according to script. I don't sweat adding to my library anymore. I just try to get stuff I think could have paydirt inside.

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Brad | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 2 2015 8:29 PM

Rosie Perera:

I just came across this. Um, does it say something to us Logos bookaholics?

"Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents." (Arthur Schopenhauer)

I clicked the link to your post, Rosie, but I didn't have time to actually read it.  Smile

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Patrick Rietveld | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 2 2015 11:06 PM

Faithlife tells us not to bother about it: Logos resources are more than just books.

https://blog.logos.com/2015/01/why-you-need-more-books-even-if-you-think-you-dont/

Now the question is: does this really works?

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 3 2015 10:30 AM

That depends. If you are someone who assiduously creates collections of your favorite stuff, perhaps not. I have never made a collection and have no plans to. It seems to me that would defeat the purpose of the larger library. I have the sense to decide if a search return is not germane. I doubt anyone on earth can determine if the thing they haven't been made aware of is exactly what they're looking for. If you cherry-pick your library and collectionize it, you are going to get what you limited yourself to getting. I find stuff in unexpected places all the time.

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