When we are Pope, we intend to make great changes in the Creeds and Articles. Stealing books, i.e. borrowing them, shall be put among the mortal sins, and private revenge upon stealers of books shall be venial, under a very slight tariff.
Then, when we are Emperor, we intend, every year, to require each man in the empire who can read and write, to make solemn search of his household, and to file an affidavit that there is not remaining with him a borrowed book!
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), “Book-Keeping,” in Eyes and Ears (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1862), pp. 396-399 (at 398-399)