Monday, February 28, 2011

"A private library

is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market will allow you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books."
Taleb, Nassim. The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. Random House. April 2007. 
-Quoted in El-Katatney, Ether. Forty Days and Forty Nights... in Yemen : A Journey to Tarim, the City of Light. Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd. 2010. pg. 40.

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