[INDOLOGY] Bookworm quotation

Roland Steiner steiner at staff.uni-marburg.de
Thu Dec 19 17:49:16 UTC 2019

> I finally printed on our catalog cards: “damaged by worms, rats,  
> fire, water” — and crossed out the items that did not apply...

That is why we had placed the following verse at the entrance of the  
former Indological library in Marburg:

udakānalacaurebhyo mūṣakebhyo viśeṣataḥ
kaṣṭena likhitaṃ śāstraṃ yatnena paripālayet

(Böhtlingk, Indische Sprüche, Nr. 1227 = Subhāṣitārṇava 96)

Roland Steiner

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