Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Francis Bacon on words and ships

(by Heather Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian)

An upcoming release of Koha, the software that powers our Keys Catalog of Library Materials, will include a feature to display a quote of the day on the catalog. In preparation, we're collecting maritime quotes, reading quotes, and especially maritime quotes about reading--please send us your favorites!

This one struck me as one to share right away:

So that if the invention of the ship was thought so noble, which carrieth riches and commodities from place to place, and consociateth the most remote regions in participation of their fruits, how much more are letters to be magnified, which as ships pass through the vast seas of time, and make ages so distant to participate of the wisdom, illuminations, and inventions, the one of the other?
From the Project Gutenberg edition, available online in multiple formats, of The Advancement of Learning, by Francis Bacon.