"[I]f you want to know how I know about every book here, I can tell you: Because I never read any of them.” [...] he explained himself. The secret of a good librarian is that he never reads anything more of the literature in his charge than the titles and the tables of contents. “Anyone who lets himself go and starts reading a book is lost as a librarian,” he explained. “He’s bound to lose perspective.”
Musil 1995, p. 503