And the smell of the library was always the samethe musty odour of old clothes mixed with the keener scent of unwashed bodies, creating what the chief librarian had once described as 'the steam of the social soup'.
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.
Claustrum sine armario quasi castrum sine armamentario. Ipsum armarium nostrum est armamenturium. A cloister without a library is like a castle without an armoury. For the library is our armoury.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes, than a public library.
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
The world isaglobal campus,Hilary, you'd betterbelieve it. The American Express card has replaced the library pass.
Where do you get your taste in authorsThat damned library of yours! (He indicates the small bookcase at rear.) Voltaire, Rousseau, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Ibsen! Atheists, fools, and madmen! And your poets! This Dowson, and this Baudelaire, and Swinburne and O'Neill Oscar Wilde, and Whitman and Poe! Whoremongers and degenerates! Pah! When I've three good sets of Shakespeare there (he nods at the large bookcase) you could read.
Madam, a circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge! Depend upon it, Mrs Malaprop, that they who are so fond of handling the leaves, will long for the fruit at last.
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