Some Book Reviews


You despise them, books, you whose whole life is plunged in the vanities of ambition and in the search for pleasure or in idleness. [...] It is with books as with men; the very small number play a great part, the rest are mingled in the crowd.'

"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary"
Voltaire (1764)1

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not [with great care]; and some few to be read wholly and with diligence and attention.

"The Essays" by Francis Bacon (1625)2

By Vexen Crabtree 1998
(Last Modified: 2014 Oct 19)

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Bacon, Francis
(1625) The Essays. Original works completed by 1625 by Francis Bacon (1561-1626). Published in 1985 by Penguin Books, London, UK

Voltaire. (1694-1778)
(1764) Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary. Digital edition produced by Juliet Sutherland, Lisa Riegel and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team. Accessed via


  1. Voltaire (1764) p31,33.^
  2. Bacon (1625).^

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