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Engrave this Quote There are times when I think that the ideal library is composed solely of reference books. They are like understanding friends-always ready to change the subject when you have had enough of this or that.
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-J. Donald Adams
Engrave this Quote We should burn all libraries and allow to remain only that which everyone knows by heart. A beautiful age of the legend would then begin.
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-Hugo Ball
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Luigi Barzini
Engrave this Quote A library is but the soul's burying ground. It is a land of shadows.
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-Henry Ward Beecher
Engrave this Quote Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.
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-Augustine Birrell
Engrave this Quote The deeper interior you have the more you have in your llibrary.
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-Jacqueline Bisset, Interview on Chats from the Past
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Jorge Luis Borges
Engrave this Quote I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
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-Jorge Luis Borges
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Ray Bradbury
Engrave this Quote If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
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-Marcus Tullius Cicero
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Norman Cousins
American Library Association Bulletin, October, 1954
Engrave this Quote A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.
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-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Engrave this Quote Don't join the book burners... Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book.
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-Dwight D Eisenhower
Engrave this Quote A man's library is a sort of harem.
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-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Engrave this Quote Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote these books. Hence, instead of Man Thinking, we have the book-worm.
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-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Engrave this Quote 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?
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-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Engrave this Quote Your library is your paradise.
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-Desiderius Erasmus
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Anatole France
Engrave this Quote Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.
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-Germaine Greer
Engrave this Quote A library implies an act of faith.
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-Victor Hugo
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Washington Irving
The Sketch-Book, The Art of Book-Making, 1819-20
Engrave this Quote No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes, than a public library.
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-Samuel Johnson
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Stephen Leacock
Engrave this Quote It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.
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-G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg
Engrave this Quote What is more important in a library than anything else -- than everything else -- is the fact that it exists.
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-Archibald MacLeish
The Premise of Meaning, in American Scholar, (Washington, D.C.), June 5, 1972

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