"On some shelf in some hexagon, it was argued, there must exist a book that is the cipher and perfect compendium of all other books, and some librarian must have examined that book; this librarian is analogous to a god. In the language of this zone there are still vestiges of the sect that worshipped that distant librarian. Many have gone in search of Him. For a hundred years, men beat every possible path—and every path in vain. How was one to locate the idolized secret hexagon that sheltered Him? Someone proposed searching by regression: To locate book A, first consult book B, which tells where book A can be found; to locate book B, first consult book C, and so on, to infinity..."
— Jorge Luis Borges, from "The Library of Babel," in Collected Fictions, trans. Andrew Hurley
"You will follow the book, whose every page is an abyss where the wing shines with the name."
— Edmond Jabès, from From the Book to the Book, trans. Rosmarie Waldrop
"There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry—
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll—
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul—"
— Emily Dickinson, "[There is no Frigate like a Book]"