One of my favorite passages so far from _The Good Book: A Humanist
Bible_, made by A.C. Grayling, 2011.
author. The best of him is, or should be, in the book; in person he
might disappoint us, and ruin the book therefore. 15:7 ‘Someone once said, “Respect the book, or you disrespect its author”; 15:8 ‘But it is better to respect not the author but the best of his
mind from which his book came. 15:9 ‘In that way we respect an immortality, not a life; lives burden
the earth, but a good book is the distillation of something excellent,
captured and stored to a use beyond the daily and the passing.’