Quotes About Library Books

Quotes tagged as "library-books" (showing 1-30 of 30)
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scott Douglas
“When I tell people I went to library school, the most common reaction is either “You’re joking, right?” or “They have schools for librarians? Do they teach you how to properly sssh people?”
Scott Douglas

Ray Bradbury
“What's the point of having a library full of books you've already read?”
Ray Bradbury

Scott Douglas
“It took a bit of popcorn and a library snack bar to make me realize that being a librarian was about more than just giving people information. It was about serving a community. And if the community is hungry for more than just knowledge, then maybe it’s about time to open a snack bar.”
Scott Douglas

Helene Hanff
“I despair of ever getting it through anybody's head I am not interested in bookshops, I am interested in what's written in the books. I don't browse in bookshops, I browse in libraries, where you can take a book home and read it, and if you like it you go to a bookshop and buy it.”
Helene Hanff, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

Scott Douglas
“We don’t have to destroy the library of the past. We just need to give it a face-lift.”
Scott Douglas

Scott Douglas
“I like to imagine that library school was started because of some sort of silly bar bet where a guy got really plastered and told his buddy that he could convince people that librarians needed to be trained in the art of librarianship. Sadly, this is not the case; its roots are a bit more academic.”
Scott Douglas

Scott Douglas
“There’s something deep in the heart of every person that wants
to protect culture. The only thing about my pending career that
was changed because of 9/11 was that I began to see it was the community,
not the librarian, that was important to the library. Librarians
were only as important as the community they inspired. If I
was going to continue with this career, my job wouldn’t be to protect
information, it would be to bring the community together and
inspire them to appreciate everything a library stands for.”
Scott Douglas

Laura Lippman
“There's a serendipity to real life that the Internet can't duplicate. Do you use the library? For anything? Well, sometimes you end up picking up the book next to the one you were looking for, and it's that book that changes your life.”
Laura Lippman, Hardly Knew Her: Stories

Amit Kalantri
“I don't understand this irony - valuable things like cars, gold, diamond are made up of hard materials but most valuable things like money, contracts and books are made up of soft paper.”
Amit Kalantri

Scott Douglas
“A library was nothing without its people. You say library and there’s this iconoclastic image of an old-lady librarian telling people to be quiet and not to run. But the thing was, that lady—that iconoclastic lady—was with us when we cleaned. She wore blue jeans, too. Maybe she was what people thought about when you said library, but she didn’t make the library. People made the library. That’s what made a library. Without them, all the sacredness was gone. It was just a building with books.”
Scott Douglas

Niall Williams
“When my father first took me to Ennis Library I went down among the shelves and felt company, not only the company of writers, but the readers too, because they had lifted and opened and read these books. The books were worn in a way they can only get worn by hands and eyes and minds”
Niall Williams, History of the Rain

Dean Koontz
“I stopped in St. Bernadette's Cemetery one of my favorite places... The trunks of six giant oaks rise like columns supporting a ceiling formed by their interlocking crowns. In the quiet space below, is laid out an aisle similar to those in any library. The gravestones are like rows of books bearing the names of those whose names have been blotted from the pages of life; who have been forgotten elsewhere but are remembered here.”
Dean Koontz, Fear Nothing

Scott Douglas
“To be great at something, you must look to the great ones of the
past and improve on the ideas and techniques that they started. I
was motivated to do better—to improve on the ideas of others.”
Scott Douglas

Jill Paton Walsh
“Harriet said, "You shouldn't have reminded me to sign that book, Peter."
"Why ever not? Have you suddenly become bashful about your hard-earned glories?"
"Because it watn's hers," said Harriet. "It was a library copy."
"Stroke of luck for the ratepaers of the City of Westminster," he said, grinning.”
Jill Paton Walsh

Neela Vaswani
“I like that library books have secret lives. All those hands that have held them. All those eyes that have read them.”
Neela Vaswani, Same Sun Here

Josh Hanagarne
“When I was his age, and even today, when it comes to books and libraries, too much is never enough”
Josh Hanagarne, The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

Edward Bellamy
“I cannot sufficiently celebrate the glorious liberty that reigns in the public libraries of the twentieth century as compared with the intolerable management of those of the nineteenth century, in which the books were jealously railed away from the people, and obtainable only at an expenditure of time and red tape calculated to discourage any ordinary taste for literature.”
Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Ashley Hay
“Such fascinating things, libraries. She closes her eyes. She could
walk inside and step into a murder, a love story, a complete account
of somebody else’s life, or mutiny on the high seas. Such potential;
such adventure—there’s a shimmer of malfeasance in trying other
ways of being.”
Ashley Hay, The Railwayman's Wife

Will Bly
“The books. Are unhappy.”
Will Bly, Creatures: A Collection of Short Stories

Helene Hanff
“you leave me sitting here writing long margin notes in library books that don't belong to me, some day they'll find out i did it and take my library card away.”
Helene Hanff

Amit Kalantri
“People come to me for the solution of their problem, if my knowledge and experience is not enough to solve the problem, I go to my library read the relevant book and provide the solution.”
Amit Kalantri

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The pleasure of reading is the greatest solitude.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Melanie Kirk
“Want to inspire your kids to read more? Try giving them kids some money to spend just on a book. Take them to a bookstore and let them browse and pick out one book that they will love. Or try going to a local library for a few hours and just let your kids sift through books that interest them.”
Melanie Kirk, The Bible's Story: Saga of the Savior King

A.S. Byatt
“It was immediately clear that the book had been undisturbed for a very long time, perhaps even since it had been laid to rest. The librarian fetched a checked duster, and wiped away the dust, a black, thick, tenacious Victorian dust, a dust composed of smoke and fog particles accumulated before the Clean Air acts.”
A.S. Byatt, Possession

“Be a librarian who likes to read once a hobby of writing”
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Caitlin Moran
“The shelves were supposed to be loaded with books—but they were, of course, really doors: each book-lid opened as exciting as Alice putting her gold key in the lock. I spent days running in and out of other worlds like a time bandit, or a spy. I was as excited as I’ve ever been in my life, in that library: scoring new books the minute they came in; ordering books I’d heard of—then waiting, fevered, for them to arrive, like they were the word Christmas.”
Caitlin Moran, Moranthology

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