Essential collections of authenticated research, both ancient and modern investigation - such record is vital for the health and growth of humanity and as a heritage for future generations - even if simply to prevent our great grandchildren from re-inventing the wheel whenever they want to explore a 'new' idea.
“I consider as lovers of books not those who keep their books hidden in their store-chests and never handle them, but those who, by nightly as well as daily use, thumb them, batter them, wear them out, who fill out all the margins with annotations of many kinds, and who prefer the marks of a fault they have erased, to a neat copy full of faults.” ― Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus
“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” - Oscar Wilde
“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.” - Oscar Wilde