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Libraries Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Libraries

Please enjoy these Libraries Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Libraries are not made, they grow.
- Augustine Birrell

Related topics: History

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries,
but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake,
on tiptoe.
- Josh Billings

The way we've been neglecting to support our libraries
throughout the country is a shame.
- Matthew Lesko

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

 

If written directions alone would suffice,
libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.
- Judith Martin

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

What has been happening the last four years in City
Hall is that they have been closing recreation centers,
closing libraries.
We have not looked after our children in City Hall.
- Carl Stokes

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Libraries are where it all begins.
- Rita Dove

Television and film are our libraries now.
Our history books.
- David Strathairn

The atmosphere of libraries, lecture rooms and laboratories
is dangerous to those who shut themselves up in them too long.
It separates us from reality like a fog.
- Alexis Carrel

Exclusively oral cultures are unencumbered by dead knowledge,
dead facts.
Libraries, on the other hand, are full of them.
- Huston Smith

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

To a historian libraries are food, shelter,
and even muse.
- Barbara Tuchman

I would encourage nonproprietary standards for tools and libraries.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

The justices have constitutionally protected obscenity in libraries,
filth over cable television, and now unlimited internet pornography.
- Phyllis Schlafly

There were two free public libraries within walking distance of my home;
I remember taking six books home from every visit,
the limit set by the library.
- Martin Lewis Perl

I've been talking about the centrality of libraries
in our information society for a while now.
- Matthew Lesko

The pride and presence of a professional football team
is far more important than 30 libraries.
- Art Modell

Libraries keep the records on behalf of all humanity.
the unique and the absurd, the wise and the fragments of stupidity.
- Vartan Gregorian

Schools and libraries are the twin cornerstones of a civilized society.
Libraries are only good if people use them,
like books only exist when someone reads them.
- Nicholas Meyer

I am what libraries and librarians have made me,
with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
- Heraclitus

Heroes to me are guys that sit in libraries.
They absorb knowledge and then the risks they take
are calculated on the basis of the courage it took
to become replete with knowledge.
- William Hurt

What is also strange to me is that public libraries
have always been in the forefront of opposing censorship.
- Matthew Lesko

Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn't rip off.
- Barbara Kingsolver

My own perception of that is somewhat colored by where people ask my advice,
which is still, of course, about changes to Python
internals or at least standard libraries.
- Guido van Rossum

The age of Lincoln and Jefferson memorials is over.
It will be presidential libraries from now on.
- Ada Louise Huxtable

I took anatomy classes.
I went to medical libraries and talked to doctors and nutritionists.
I did the whole thing before using myself as a human guinea pig.
- Marilu Henner

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

In addition to that, Mono has produced a very large set of extra libraries.
- Miguel de Icaza

One, I have a wonderful publisher, Black Sparrow Press;
as long as they exist,
they will keep me in print.
And they claim they sell very respectable numbers of my books,
so I guess, and it's true, every place I go,
my books are in libraries and on bookshelves.
- Diane Wakoski

This legislation gives parents some comfort that their
children won't fall prey to child predators while using
the Internet at schools and libraries that receive
federal dollars for Internet services.
- Judy Biggert

One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received
from my mother was her love of literature and language.
With their boundless energy, libraries open the door
to these worlds and so many others.
I urge young and old alike to embrace all that libraries have to offer.
- Caroline Kennedy

Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers,
we outgrow acquaintances, libraries,
principles,
etc., at times before they're worn out and times -
and this is the worst of all -
before we have new ones.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

You come to work because the office is a resource:
The office is a place where you can meet with other people,
and the office has libraries of books and information
on CD-ROM that might help you with your work.
- Jay Chiat

The book can produce an addiction as fierce as heroin or nicotine,
forcing us to spend much of our lives,
like junkies, in book shops and libraries,
those literary counterparts to the opium den.
- Phillip Adams

We need to bridge the gap between the medical libraries and the hospital rooms;
take the information out there already,
add to it, focus it, harness it - and bring it to the
patient who was just diagnosed today.
- Bruce Vento

In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print,
stay in print, and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries.
At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed
seven times as often as books by women.
- Sara Paretsky

Just this week, my husband proposed a plan for schools
and libraries to develop their own plans to keep children
from finding indecent material on the Internet as an
alternative to a Congressional proposal that would
require a federally mandated solution.
- Tipper Gore

Libraries allow children to ask questions about the
world and find the answers.
And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library,
the doors to learning are always open.
- Laura Bush

I think that the balance needs to be restored,
and I would note that in the camp in which I am in,
one finds libraries, universities, the Internet industry,
the manufacturers of digital media, and consumers.
- Rick Boucher

We're competing with everything: the beach,
the mall, bookstores.
Libraries are in a transition right now,
caught between two forces, the old ways and technology.
Libraries are under a lot of pressure to provide both.
- John Callahan

Our libraries are valuable centers of education,
learning and enrichment for people of all ages.
In recent years, libraries have taken on an increasingly important role.
today's libraries are about much more than books.
- Jodi Rell

We worship an awesome God in the Blue States,
and we don't like federal agents poking around our
libraries in the Red States.
We coach Little League in the Blue States and have
gay friends in the Red States.
- Barack Obama

Remain in wonder if you want the mysteries to open up for you.
Mysteries never open up for those who go on questioning.
Questioners sooner or later end up in a library.
Questioners sooner or later end up with scriptures,
because scriptures are full of answers.
And answers are dangerous, they kill your wonder.
- Osho

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

I had plenty of pimples as a kid.
One day I fell asleep in the library.
When I woke up, a blind man was reading my face.
- Rodney Dangerfield

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?
- Lily Tomlin

A library book, I imagine, is a happy book.
- Cornelia Funke

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

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

A library implies an act of faith.
- Victor Hugo

I couldn't live a week without a private library -
indeed,
I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep
on the floor before I'd let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.
- H. P. Lovecraft

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library.
The only entrance requirement is interest.
- Lady Bird Johnson

It may not be possible to get rare roast beef but if
you're willing to settle for well done,
ask them to hold the sweetened library paste that passes for gravy.
- Marian Burros

Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem.
- John Braine

As a journalist I'm comfortable doing library research,
and I did a lot!
I had a fellowship at Radcliff for a year which gave
me access to the Harvard system.
- Anita Diament

Going to the library was the one place we got to go
without asking for permission.
And they let us choose what we wanted to read.
It was a feeling of having a book be mine entirely.
- Rita Dove

Your library is your portrait.
- Holbrook Jackson

But the best problem I ever found, I found in my local public library.
- Andrew Wiles

If you want to get laid, go to college.
If you want an education, go to the library.
- Frank Zappa

A library is thought in cold storage.
- Herbert Samuel

I seem to find different material every four to six
months and I frequently forget it which is a shame
because it would be nice to have a bigger library.
- Leo Kottke

It was an incredible resource.
I'd sit with a big stack of bound New Yorkers in the
library and read through,
especially the 'Talk of the Town' sections.
- Michael Chabon

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
- Samuel Johnson

That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere
to be found but in retreat,
a faithful friend and a good library.
- Aphra Behn

I am in Boston right now, in fact, to do work at the
New England Historical Genealogical Library,
where I'm trying to finish up tracing my lineage back
to the seventeenth century.
- Rick Moody

When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut,
I can only think that American society has found one
more way to destroy itself.
- Isaac Asimov

I'm not comfortable being preachy, but more people
need to start spending as much time in the library
as they do on the basketball court.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

It is the interest one takes in books that makes a library.
And if a library have interest it is;
if not,
it isn't.
- Carolyn Wells

I keep working under the delusion that someday a library
will ask for my manuscripts.
- Walter Wager


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