It always seems to me that one of the saddest things about the death of a literary man is the fact that the breaking-up of his collection of books almost invariably follows; the building up of a good library, the work of a lifetime, has been so much labour lost, so far as future generations are concerned. Talent, yes, and genius too, are displayed not only in writing books but also in buying them, and it is a pity that the ruthless hammer of the auctioneer should render so much energy and skill fruitless.
When the slave auctioneer asked in what he was proficient, he replied, "In ruling people ."Diogenes of Sinope
When the slave auctioneer asked in what he was proficient, he replied, "In ruling people ."