Selected Quotes about Libraries

I myself spent hours at the Columbia library as intimidated and embarassed as a famished gourmet invited to a dream restaurant where every dish from all the world's cuisines, past and present, was available on request. -- Luigi Barzini

Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one. -- Augustine Birrell

The deeper interior you have the more you have in your llibrary. -- Jacqueline Bisset

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. -- Jorge Luis Borges

In truth, the Library includes all verbal structures, all variations permitted by the twenty-five orthographical symbols, but not a single example of absolute nonsense. -- Jorge Luis Borges

You've got to love libraries. You've got to love books. You've got to love poetry. You've got to love everything about literature. Then, you can pick the one thing you love most and write about it. -- Ray Bradbury

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas a place where history comes to life. -- Norman Cousins

Don't join the book burners... Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book. -- Dwight D Eisenhower

Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, What it will do with you? -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them. The only books I have in my library are those that other folks have lent me. -- Anatole France

The great British Library -- one of these sequestered pools of obsolete literature to which modern authors repair, and draw buckets full of classic lore, or "pure English, undefiled" wherewith to swell their own scanty rills of thought. -- Washington Irving

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes, than a public library. -- Samuel Johnson

If I were founding a university I would begin with a smoking room; next a dormitory; and then a decent reading room and a library. After that, if I still had more money that I couldn't use, I would hire a professor and get some text books. -- Stephen Leacock

What is more important in a library than anything else -- than everything else -- is the fact that it exists. -- Archibald MacLeish

The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. -- Carl Rowan

As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself. -- Arthur Schopenhauer

I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure. -- Virginia Woolf

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