An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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.


Donald J. Adams (1924-, American actor)


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.


Donald J. Adams (1924-, American actor)


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 (1886-1927, German Dadaist poet)


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


Augustine Birrell (1850-1933, British essayist, liberal politician)


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


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


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 (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


A man's library is a sort of harem.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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 (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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 (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Your library is your paradise.


Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)


I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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A library implies an act of faith.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


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 (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


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


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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 (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


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


Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982, American writer)


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 (1907-1963, British poet)


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


Thomas L. Masson


The quantity of books in a person's library, is often a cloud of witnesses to the ignorance of the owner.


Count Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna (1583-1654, Swedish statesman)


The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.


Carl Rowan (1925-, American journalist)


What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses?


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


My library was dukedom large enough.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Just like an immense but disordered library is not as useful as a small but well arranged one, so is the greatest amount of knowledge that is not elaborated by our own thoughts worth much less than a much smaller amount that has been thoroughly utilized.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


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.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


I go into my library, and all history unrolls before me. I breathe the morning air of the world while the scent of Eden's roses yet lingered in it, while it vibrated only to the world's first brood of nightingales, and to the laugh of Eve. I see the pyramids building; I hear the shoutings of the armies of Alexander.


Alexander Smith (1830-1867, Scottish poet, author)


To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse. They are of two kinds: the library of published material, books, pamphlets, periodicals, and the archive of unpublished papers and documents.


Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989, American historian)


An hour spent in the library is worth a month in the laboratory.'


Author Unknown


Here Greek and Roman find themselves alive along these crowded shelves; and Shakespeare treads again his stage, and Chaucer paints anew his age.


John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892, American poet, reformer, author)


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