In the end, out of 8 boxes of books (another 24 to go) - 6 are rejected. Of the 2 they took, comprising 4 heaps of thin, more contemporary books, perhaps 70 books all told, $35.00 paid.

But I need to change the way I look at it, revise my thinking, I have the books inside, and it's - while a write off in every economic sense - it's still a lot easier to carry around $35.00 and buy the next book than it is carry around 8 boxes in the possibility I may one day want to reread one.

 

“As long as I live under the capitalistic system, I expect to have my life influenced by the demands of moneyed people. But I will be damned if I propose to be at the beck and call of every itinerant scoundrel who has two cents to invest in a postage stamp. This, sir, is my resignation.”

Faulkner's letter to the postmaster general, upon his leaving the post office.

Bestselling Economist and Author Thomas Piketty rejects France's Legion D'Honneur with the pithy: "I do not think it is the government's role to decide who is honourable".

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30650097

“I saw the book, but I didn't read it at all - didn't think it worth reading. Mother thought as I did.” 

- Walt Whitman’s brother George, on "Leaves of Grass".