You see, I don't belive that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, that has been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.
Instead of going to Paris to attend lectures, go to the public library, and you won't come out for twenty years, if you really wish to learn.
To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.
Hard-covered books break up friendships. You loan a hard covered book to a friend and when he doesn’t return it you get mad at him. It makes you mean and petty. But twenty-five cent books are different.
I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now--only that place where the books are kept.
Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me From mine own library with volumes that I prize above my dukedom.
I love the place; the magnificent books; I require books as I require air.
We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.
I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.
Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information. Don't ever piss one off.
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? You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in.
My pen is my harp and my lyre; my library is my garden and my orchard.
The studious silence of the library ... Tranquil brightness.
Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
A man's library is a sort of harem.
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.
Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom.
There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them
My books are very few, but then the world is before me - a library open to all - from which poverty of purse cannot exclude me - in which the meanest and most paltry volume is sure to furnish something to amuse, if not to instruct and improve.
The student has his Rome, his Florence, his whole glowing Italy, within the four walls of his library. He has in his books the ruins of an antique world and the glories of a modern one.
Madam, a circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge; it blossoms through the year. And depend on it that they who are so fond of handling the leaves, will long for the fruit at last.
A library is a growing organism.
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