The Good Book: Proverbs, chapter 22: Books

Prepare for an incoming lack of irony…

1. Something is learned every time a book is opened.
Indeed. So far I have learned that A.C.Grayling is a crappy prose stylist.
2. A book may be as great a thing as a battle.
Or better, given how many fewer people die from books.
3. Books are ships that traverse the seas of time.
I like this one.
4. Books cannot always please, however good; minds are not always craving for food.
Not sure about this one – as usual, it seems too broad to me.
5. Books give no wisdom where there was not wisdom before.
Not convinced.
6. Rather a study full of books than a purse full of money.
I think my creditors would disagree on this one.
7. There is nothing so old as a new book.
What? If the two adjectives switched positions, I would agree, but this?
8. The best companions are good books.
Depending on what you want from a companion, that is.
9. The books that help most are those that prompt most thought.
In which case, this book is not particularly helpful…
10. The virtue of books is to be readable.
…and lacks virtue…
11. There is no frigate like a book to take us to lands far away.
Indeed not.
12. Wear the old coat and buy the new book.
Oh yeah.
13. The world may know me by my book, and my book by me.
Unless you really are boring, pedantic and lacking in irony, you better hope not.
14. Word by word the great books are written.
Yeah, but also the shite ones.
15. The reader’s fancy makes the fate of books.
Believe me, it’s going to.

You know what? He’s convinced me. There’s another 123 chapters of Proverbs, and I think it’s a safe assumption that none of them are any better than the 22 I’ve already looked at. In the interests of finishing the rest of the book before I die, I’m going to skip the rest of the Book of Proverbs, and move on to the Book of the Lawgiver.