From The Notebooks of Samuel Butler
THE LIFE OF BOOKS
"Some writers think about the life of books as some savages think about the life of men -- that there are books which never die. They all die sooner or later; but that will not hinder an author from trying to give his book as long a life as he can get for it. The fact that it will have to die is no valid reason for letting it die sooner than be helped."
From Chapter VII, On the Making of Music, Pictures and Books