A library's function is to give the public in the quickest and cheapest way: information, inspiration, and recreation. If a better way than the book can be found, we should use it.
Reading is a mighty engine, beside which steam and electricity sink into insignificance.
To my thinking, a great librarian must have a clear head, a strong hand, and, above all, a great heart. And when I look into the future, I am inclined to think that most of the men who achieve this greatness will be women.
Women can endure pain with fortitude, and they can perform monotonous tasks with patience.
The eternal conflict of good and the best with bad and the worst is on.
The time was when a library was very like a museum and the librarian a mouser among dusty books. The time is when the library is a school and the librarian in the highest sense a teacher.
The librarian must be the librarian militant before he can be the librarian triumphant.
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