A garden and a library
“He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
Several weeks ago one of our readers sent me this quote, and I immediately thought “That would make a great post for the blog.” What makes the quote so appealing is that most people can have at least a small library and garden, or even if they cannot, can have access to public or private libraries and gardens — sometimes very grand ones.
As much as I love my own library (not a place, but a collection of books scattered throughout two different homes) and my own modest attempts at gardening, I will never tire of exploring the wonders of public libraries and gardens. I also enjoy the more modest but equally appealing libraries and gardens of like-minded friends. In such settings there is wealth enough to fill several lifetimes with exploration, discovery, and joy.
I read a translator somewhere who said that he imagined Cicero must have been referring to a garden as a gathering place where people could sit and discuss ideas. While that sounds logical, there are all kinds of reasons for gardens, just as there are all sorts of reasons why people need libraries. Wherever you find them, and whatever you find within them, I wish you an abundance of opportunities to enjoy both.