Monasterium sine libris est sicut civitas sine opibus, castrum sine numeris, coquina sine suppellectili, mensa sine cibis, hortus sine herbis, pratum sine floribus, arbor sine foliis…[Trans.]A monastery without books is like a city without resources, a fortress without numbers, [i.e. troops] a kitchen without utensils, a table without food, a garden without plants, a meadow without flowers, a tree without leaves…

Source:First Day: Terce
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