My Favorite Quotes About Libraries

by Elizabeth on April 6, 2010 · 2 comments

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“Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed.” ~Charles Medawar

“Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.” ~Heinrich Heine, Almansor

“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” ~Jo Godwin

“To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.” ~Cicero

“The only true equalizers in the world are books; the only treasure-house open to all comers is a library.” ~ J.A. Langford

“He is wise who knows the sources of knowledge — where it is written and where it is to be found.” ~A.A. Hodge

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ~Jorge Luis Borges

“The library is not a shrine for the worship of books.  It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one’s devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual.  A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas – a place where history comes to life.” ~Norman Cousins

“A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

“Librarians are all-knowing and all-seeing. They bring order to chaos. They bring wisdom and culture to the masses. They preserve every aspect of human knowledge. Librarians rule. And they will kick the crap out of anyone who says otherwise.” ~Librarian Avengers

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christine April 7, 2010 at 2:56 am

i love them! even just as someone who loves books they're great! 🙂


2 whatssofunnyaboutunemployment April 7, 2010 at 11:16 am

I'm another unemployed (and blogging) librarian, and I really like these quotes. 😉


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