lending books for reading

Thiruvananthapuram, India
March 28, 2007 7:09am CST
lend a book to your friend .. you will not most probably get it back. Thomas Carlyle ,the famed prose writer once said that most of books in his home library are those that he borrowed from his friends.
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@fizzytom (754)
• Maribor, Slovenia
28 Mar 07
I will never ever loan a book out again! I did this for a colleague three years ago and I see him everyday and he still hasn't returned it. I stopped asking in the end. I don't know how people can be so rude!
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@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
1 Apr 07
This is so true! I've lent books to people and never ever got them back. I've got to the stage where I refuse to lend anymore.
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• Singapore
28 Mar 07
This begs the question of whether we should lend books to friends. You are right to suggest that books once lent might be considered gone. That is why sometimes we should understand when people refuse or are uncomfortable about loaning books. It has nothing to do with selfishness. Book lovers... love books. I would rather buy a second copy and give that to you than lend you my only copy. :P
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• United States
28 Mar 07
I never lend a book that I am "attached" to but then again I'm rarely "attached" and will often enjoy knowing that I've offered a book that I loved to someone else to enjoy. I love to share my books. My mom and I share books all the time too and we do give them back and forth most of the time. I have a typical saying I tell everyone I give a book to... "it's a book, enjoy it, read it, take it with you and if I never get it back that's fine as long as you've enjoyed it as much as me". And I truly mean it too!
@sunsham68 (1378)
• India
28 Mar 07
I don't like lending anything cos I hate people that don't return stuff. Then I will ask them till I get it back and probably lose the friendship in the process..not that I am materialistic, but I expect them not to take me for granted and keep what isn't theirs, without expecting a reaction!
28 Mar 07
It all depends on who I loan the book to. I only loan books out to the friends that I know for sure will return them. Otherwise I will just give them the book. If I don't want it back then that is ok. I don't ever loan out certain books of mine such as my Reiki books, among others.
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@kponniah (203)
• Singapore
28 Mar 07
There are 2 peoples 1. they say i read book a lot and collect many books 2. if they took a book they wont start another book before finishing the first one.... so you can lend to second type of personalities
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
28 Mar 07
That is funny, I'm familure with Thomas Carlyle's writings but have never heard this - I have however had friends like that and tend to be very very leary of lending books anymore, only close trusted friends.