• Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

    Barbara Wertheim Tuchman, Center for the Book, Authors' League of America (1980). “The Book: A Lecture Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Authors' League of America, Presented at the Library of Congress October 17, 1979”, Library of Congress