Books are the costumes …

From Ernst Junger’s Alladin’s Problem:

I could tell from my very first visit to his library that he possessed an inner order.  For literati, books are the costumes by which they judge one another.  Hume, Machiavelli, Josephus Flavius, Ranke in long, brownish golden rows – there is a mood in which books directly radiate substance.

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