Information is the currency of democracy.
– Thomas Jefferson
With one day’s reading a man may have the key in his hands.
– Ezra Pound
If over others you would leap, then in a book you must seek.
– Chinese proverb
Here is where people,
One frequently finds,
Lower their voices
And raise their minds.
– Richard Armour
I cannot live without books.
”There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the free public library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.”
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
–Mortimer J. Adler
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends:
they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors,
and the most patient of teachers.
–Charles W. Eliot
The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.
Words are the voice of the heart.
Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them
Wisdom begins with Wonder…
At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better.
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
To Kill a Mockingbird
I read because one life isn’t enough.
What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education. –Harold Howe, former US Commissioner of Education
If we didn’t have libraries, many people thirsty for knowledge would dehydrate.
–Megan Jo Tetrick, age 12
The closest thing you will find to an orderly universe is a good library.
Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.
–Charles Scribner, Jr.
So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
–Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A library is thought in cold storage.
He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing.
A library is a fuelling station for your mind.
Books fall open, you fall in.
I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking something up and finding something else on the way.
–Franklin P. Adams
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
–Henry Ward Beecher
Libraries enable the past to talk to the future.
Reading is a window to the world!
”I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
Jorge Luis Borges
Knowledge is Power
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
–Groucho Marx (1895-1977)
”It was as though I had been dying of thirst and the librarian had handed me a five gallon bucket of water. I drank and drank. The only reason I am here and not in prison is because of that woman. I was a loser, but she showed me the power of reading.”
–Gary Paulsen, from the biography by Edith Hope Fine
When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.
I have lived a thousand lives lost within the pages of a book.
”Give me a room whose every nook is dedicated to a book.”
–Frank Dempster Sherman
In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
”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.”
–from “Books and Gardens” by Alexander Smith
”The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.”
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
”A life without stories would be no life at all.”
–from Alexander McCall Smith’s, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies.
“Knowledge is of two kinds: that which we know and…,
Knowledge is free at the library. Just bring your own container.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.