Several years ago I came across this while reading. I liked it so much that I used it for a while as a signature quote in email. I no longer do that but I frequently pull it up and re-read it.
Fagerlien said,..."Every adventure results in a whole shipload of
books, a whole library...."
"And every library results in a new adventure," came Mazzini's
modest attempt at rousing himself from silent and nodding
agreement. But Fagerlien maintained his demeanor and had the last
word: "Or in a tourist."
_The Terrors of Ice and Darkness, a novel_
translated by John E. Woods from the German
_Schtecken des Eises und der Finsternis_
I like it for three reasons: I am a reader, I am a librarian, and I am a tourist. When I travel I always seek out libraries and bookstores. If there are none, I always manage to find someplace to browse books--flea markets, street vendors, gift shops, tourist bureaus, hotel lobbies, variety stores, gas stations--all sorts of places have books.