An Act of Piety

Shakespeare and Company bookshop

“When Providence throws a good book in my way, I bow to its decree and purchase it as an act of piety, if it is reasonably or unreasonably cheap. I adopt a certain number of books every year, out of a love for the foundlings and stray children of other people’s brains that nobody seems to care for.”
from The Poet at the Breakfast Table
by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.