Quote by Lord Melbourne
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
This quote advises against assuming contempt or ridicule for something unless it is clearly evident that one has the ability to possess it. It suggests that attempting satire or mockery without truly understanding the subject being ridiculed can make a person look foolish. The quote emphasizes the importance of knowledge and power in expressing criticism or disdain. It cautions against making assumptions or trying to belittle something without a solid understanding of the subject matter.
Books. They are lined up on shelves or stacked on a table. There they are wrapped up in there jackets, lines of neat print on nicely bound pages. They look like such orderly, static things. Then you, the reader come along. You open the book jacket, and it can be like opening the gates to an unknown city, or opening the lid of a treasure chest. You read the first word and you're off on a journy of exploration and discovery.