“He who dwells (literally: pounds, hammers) upon books shall cleanse his heart from rust.”
-Ephrem the Syrian*
*trans. Arthur Vööbus, History of Asceticism in the Syrian Orient: A Contribution to the History of Culture in the Near East, vol. 2; CSCO 197 (Louvain: Peeters, 1960), p. 106, citing Ms. Vat. Syr. 543, folio 41b.