Discover the joys (and temptations!) of two new books of collected wisdom: “The Yale Book of Quotations” edited by Fred Shapiro, and James Geary’s “Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists.” Grant explains why leafing through such books can be rewarding—but hazardous to your time management.

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  1. Jim Brown says:

    Remember that each year, as we age, our bodies lose mass and we become shorter. (when one reaches my age these losses seem to be faster and faster!)So, you may not be able to reach those top shelves, well without artifical assistance.

    Those books may be very safe.

  2. martha says:

    Jim, there oughta be an aphorism for that!

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