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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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

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 (1819-1900) English art critic.

My library was dukedom large enough.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.


An hour spent in the library is worth a month in the laboratory.

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I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) American writer.

A library implies an act of faith.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Your library is your paradise.

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) Dutch humanist and theologian.