Saturday, Mar 11 2006

more librariana Monday, Mar 6 2006 

You see, I don’t believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that’s been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.- Monty Python skit

I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I though it might sober me up to sit in a library.
– The Great Gatsby, chapter 3 – F.Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1948)

A democratic society depends upon an informed and educated citizenry.
– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

I am what the librarians have made me with a little assistance from a professor of Greek and a few poets. — Bernard Keble Sandwell (1876-1954)

If it is noticed that much of my outside work concerns itelf with libraries, there is an extremely good reason for this. I think that the better part of my education, almost as important as that secured in the schools and the universities, came from libraries. – Irving Stone (1903-1989)

I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the
superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it. Now, when I read constantly about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself – Isaac Asimov

Information is the currency of democracy.
– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people- John F. Kennedy

librariana Monday, Mar 6 2006 

There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are either well written or badly written. That is all. – Oscar Wilde

Make thy books thy companions. Let thy cases and shelves be thy pleasure grounds and gardens. – Judah ibn-Tibbon (12th century)

Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one. – Augustine Birrell

My library Was dukedom large enough. – Shakespeare, The Tempest

I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now — only that place where the books are kept. – John Steinbeck

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. – Logan Pearsall Smith

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

Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you are going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go into your library and read every book. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other people have lent me. – Anatole France

To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul. – Cicero

Libraries are not made; they grow. – Augustine Birrell