I came across this marvelous quote by St. Jerome,
the fourth century translator of the Bible into Latin, commonly known as the Vulgate translation.
The quote was written to a friend and is actually referring to the scriptures,
but it applies to all worthy works of literature.
I beg of you dear brother
to live among these books, to meditate upon them, to know nothing else, to seek
nothing else.Does not such a life seem
to you a foretaste of heaven here on earth?