Job 8, Ver. 10. Shall they not teach thee, and tell thee.
They, that is, the forefathers, #Job 8:8, these, though dead and gone, yet by their records and monuments, by their apopthegms and oracles (for the words of dying men are living oracles), do still teach us and tell us their minds, as if they were yet living, #Heb 11:4 Lu 16:29.
Books are mute matters, silent voices.
The way to be wise, said a heathen, is to converse with the dead, τοις νεκροις συγχρωτιζειν.
Histories are faithful counsellors, and by the reading of them many young men have attained to more understanding than their elders; as Augustus, Theodosius, Macarius, who was surnamed παιδαριογερων, the old youth, for his wisdom and gravity above his years, gotten by reading and prayer, as saith Nicephorus.