I love a good quote about books and so I collect them when I can find them.
So I thought I might share some I have found on an occasional post.
This post is about Libraries. Whether it is your library at home or the one you can go to with your children to help them learn just how many books there out there for them to read! As a child we had very few books at home. My family did not really read. There was just a small shelf of very old books dating from pre WWII. So I read those.
I found my local library and walked there nearly every weekend. By the time I was 10 I had read every book in the Children’s section and was borrowing form the Adults. The librarians were very kind and permitted this. every week I borrowed the maximum number of books permitted, and every week returned them and borrowed again. I became the bookworm that I am now and the library lover. I will explore any library I am let loose in and read any book that takes my fancy – on any subject matter – my curiosity is (almost) infinite.
I would like to acknowledge http://ebookfriendly.com/best-quotes-about-libraries-librarians/ where I took some of these quotes from.
- “Liber delectation animae.” Latin for – ‘Books, the delight of the soul’. An inscription on the ceiling of the Librarian’s Ceremonial Office, the previous office for the Librarian of Congress. Located in the Thomas Jefferson Building.
- Neil Gaiman says: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”
- To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books. –Carlos María Domínguez
- Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. –Ray Bradbury
- The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. –Paula Poundstone
- People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. –Saul Bellow
- A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life. –Norman Cousins
- Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. –Sidney Sheldon
- With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how. –Doris Lessing
- 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…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed. –Germaine Greer
- If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero
- That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. Aphra Behn
- A library is thought in cold storage. Herbert Samuel
- 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. Thomas Jefferson
- How precious a book is in light of the offering, in the light of the one who has the privilege of this offering. The library tells you of this offering. Louis Kahn
- A library implies an act of faith. Victor Hugo
- I intend, before the endgame looms, to die sitting in a chair in my own garden with a glass of brandy in my hand and Thomas Tallis on the iPod. Oh, and since this is England, I had better add, ‘If wet, in the library.’ Who could say that this is bad? Terry Pratchett
- Is there anything so delicious as the first exploration of a great library – alone – unwatched? Richard Jefferies
- The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.
— Cosmos – Carl SAGAN
- The medicine chest of the soul.
— Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes
- Nutrimentum spiritus.
(Food for the soul.)
— Inscription on the Berlin Royal Library.
- Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed. Francis BACON (1561-1626)
- Ranganathan’s Five Laws:
Books are for use.
Books are for all; or Every reader his book.
Every book its reader.
Save the time of the reader.
A library is a growing organism.
— Shiyali Ramamrita RANGANATHAN (1892-1972)
- “We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” John Lubbock.25.”A library is a true fairyland, a very palace of delight, a haven of repose from the storms and troubles of the world. Rich and poor can enjoy it alike, for here, at least, wealth gives no advantage.” Avebury