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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Libraries (30 Quotations)

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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.
~ James Donald Adams

 

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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.
~ Hugo Ball

 

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A library is but the soul's burying ground. It is a land of shadows.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

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Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.
~ Augustine Birrell

 

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The true university of these days is a collection of books.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.
~ Norman Cousins

 

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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.
~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

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A man's library is a sort of harem.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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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.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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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.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Your library is your paradise.
~ Desiderius Erasmus

 

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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.
~ Germaine Greer

 

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A library implies an act of faith.
~ Victor Hugo

 

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The great British Library --an immense collection of volumes of all ages and languages, many of which are now forgotten, and most of which are seldom read: 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.
~ Washington Irving

 

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No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

 

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What is more important in a library than anything else -- than everything else -- is the fact that it exists.
~ Archibald Macleish

 

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Some on commission, some for the love of learning, some because they have nothing better to do or because they hope these walls of books will deaden the drumming of the demon in their ears.
~ Louis Macneice

 

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My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
~ Malcolm X

 

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There are seventy million books in American libraries, but the one you want is always out.
~ Thomas L. Masson

 

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