Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Voltaire



If you publish a book,
a parish curate accuses you of heresy,
a college sophomore denounces you,
an illiterate condemns you,
the public derides you,
your publisher renounces you,
and your wine dealer cuts off your credit.
I always add to my prayers, 
“Deliver me, O Lord, from the itch of bookmaking.”

-- Voltaire, Alphabet of Wit

Lately I've felt drugged by the amount of books I've been ingesting. Doctoral work is beastly business some days. A sense of humor goes a long way to keeping one sane.

3 comments:

Barbara D. Crone said...

Hilarious! Thank you! :~)

Tamara @ Living Palm said...

perfect. plus gives a whole new meaning to "eat this book" -- did you read that, by the way? ;)

w. david o. taylor said...

Yes: Eat This Book. That's what it feels like some days and the way they played the scene was hilarious.