There are times when I think that the ideal library is composed solely of reference books. They are like understanding friends-always ready to change the subject when you have had enough of this or that.
Author: J. Donald Adams
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.
Author: Hugo Ball (1886-1927)
Profession: German Dadaist Poet
A library is but the soul's burying ground. It is a land of shadows.
Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer
Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.
Author: Augustine Birrell (1850-1933)
Profession: British Essayist, Liberal Politician
The true university of these days is a collection of books.
Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author
A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.
Author: Norman Cousins (1915-1990)
Profession: American Editor, Humanitarian, Author
A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
Profession: British Author, ''Sherlock Holmes''
Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, What it will do with you? You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in.
Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote these books. Hence, instead of Man Thinking, we have the book-worm.
A man's library is a sort of harem.
Your library is your paradise.
Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)
Profession: Dutch Humanist
Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.
Author: Germaine Greer (1939)
Profession: Australian Feminist Writer
A library implies an act of faith.
Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist
The great British Library --an immense collection of volumes of all ages and languages, many of which are now forgotten, and most of which are seldom read: one of these sequestered pools of obsolete literature to which modern authors repair, and draw buckets full of classic lore, or ''pure English, undefiled'' wherewith to swell their own scanty rills of thought.
Author: Washington Irving (1783-1859)
Profession: American Author
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.
Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Profession: British Author