“I enjoy books. No room is fit for occupation without a lining of books. They contain the condensed experience of humanity. To live fully, one has to read widely. I do not intend tp face a man-eating lion in the African veldt, fall from an aircraft into the Arabian Sea, soar through outer space or march with the legions of Rome against Gaul or Carthage, yet books can take me to these places, to these predicaments. In a book, Salome can seduce me, I can fall in love with Marie Duplessis, have my own Lady of the Camellias, a private Monroe or Cleopatra. In a book I can rob a bank, spy on the enemy, kill a man.’
Quoted from “A Very Private Gentleman” by Martin Booth (later republished under the title “The American” as a tie-in with the 2010 George Clooney movie of that title.) Our current read.