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Quotes About Libraries

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Mark Twain
“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
Mark Twain

Lemony Snicket
“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Walter Cronkite
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
Walter Cronkite

Neil Gaiman
“[D]on't ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy. What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read... ”
Neil Gaiman

Sarah J. Maas
“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

Saul Bellow
“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.”
Saul Bellow

Brian Selznick
“Ben wished the world was organized by the Dewey decimal system. That way you'd be able to find whatever you were looking for.”
Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck

Germaine Greer
“A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.”
Germaine Greer

Ray Bradbury
“I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.”
Ray Bradbury

Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Stephen Fry
“An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.”
Stephen Fry

Terry Pratchett
“The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are: 1) Silence; 2) Books must be returned no later than the last date shown; and 3) Do not interfere with the nature of causality.”
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

Catherynne M. Valente
“She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Neil Gaiman
“Libraries are our friends.”
Neil Gaiman

Rita Mae Brown
“When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.”
Rita Mae Brown

Robin Sloan
“Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines -- it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.”
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Roger Zelazny
“I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.”
Roger Zelazny, Nine Princes in Amber

“Don't mark up the Library's copy, you fool! Librarians are Unprankable. They'll track you down! They have skills!”
Charles Ogden

“What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.”
Harold Howe

“If your library is not "unsafe," it probably isn't doing its job.”
John Berry

Ray Bradbury
“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”
Ray Bradbury

Neil Gaiman
“Librarians are the coolest people out there doing the hardest job out there on the frontlines. And every time I get to encounter or work with librarians, I'm always impressed by their sheer awesomeness.”
Neil Gaiman

Katharine Hepburn
“What in the world would we do without our libraries?”
Katharine Hepburn

John F. Kennedy
“Libraries should be open to all - except the censor.

[Response to questionnaire in Saturday Review, October 29 1960]
John F. Kennedy

Carl Sagan
“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. 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.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Graham Chapman
“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.”
Graham Chapman

Elizabeth Kostova
“You are a total stranger and you want to take my library book.”
Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

Jim Butcher
“Wizards and computers get along about as well as flamethrowers and libraries.”
Jim Butcher, Changes

Neil Gaiman
“It's still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.”
Neil Gaiman

Ray Bradbury
“Libraries raised me.”
Ray Bradbury

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