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Anonymous Egyptian scribe – The descendents of the scribes

March 4, 2015

“The wise scribes of the time…”:


They chose not to leave children
to be their heirs and perpetuate their names:
they appointed as their heirs
the books they wrote and the precepts therein…

Man vanishes, his body is buried in the ground,
all his contemporaries depart this earth,
but the written word puts the memory of him
in the mouth of any person who passes it on to the mouth of another.

A book is better than a house
or the tombs in the West.
It is more beautiful than a castle
or a stele in a temple.

(quoted in Stuart A P Murray, The Library: An Illustrated History)

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