Quotes on Libraries

  • My alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. – Malcolm X
  • A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone. – Jo Godwin
  • You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself! – Russell T. Davies
  • Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem. – John Braine
  • A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity. – Germaine Greer
  • A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. – Henry Ward Beecher
  • I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges
  • That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. – Aphra Behn
  • 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
  • Libraries raised me. – Ray Bradbury
  • Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors. – Umberto Eco
  • The library is the worst group of people ever assembled in history. They’re mean, conniving, rude, and extremely well-read, which makes them dangerous. – Leslie Knope