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.Richard Brinsley Sheridan: 1775 SirAnthonyAbsolute.The Rivals, act1, sc.2.
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.c.1165 Letter to Peter Mangot.
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.Eugene Gladstone O'Neill: 1939-41 Tyrone. Long Day's Journey Into Night, act 4 (published 1956).
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.SirArthur Conan Doyle: 1892 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,'The Five Orange Pips'.
The world isaglobal campus,Hilary, you'd betterbelieve it. The American Express card has replaced the library pass.David John Lodge: 1984 Small World, pt.1, ch.2.
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'.Peter Ackroyd: 1987 Chatterton, ch.5.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes, than a public library.Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson: 1750-2 In The Rambler.
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.Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson: 1775 Remark, 6 Apr. Collected in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.2.
The smell of the library was always the same – the 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".Peter Ackroyd: Chatterton (London: Abacus,  1991), ch. 5, p. 72.
The Bahá’í Reference Library (in English, Persian and Arabic) Official Website of the Bahá'í Faithbahá'u'lláh: Bahá'u'lláh: Manifestation of God
…that perfect Tranquillity of Life, which is no where to be found, but in retreat, a faithful Friend and a good Library…aphra behn: The Lucky Mistake (1689)
Well I came across Marx rather late in life actually, and when I read him, two things: first of all I realised that he'd come to the conclusion about capitalism which I'd come to much later, and I was a bit angry he'd thought of it first; and secondly, I see Marx who was an old Jew, as the last of the Old Testament Prophets, this old bearded man working in the British Library, studying capitalism, that's what 'Das Kapital' was about, it was an explanation of British capitalism. And I thought to myself, 'Well anyone could write a book like that, but what infuses, what comes out of his writing, is the passionate hostility to the injustice of capitalism. He was a Prophet, and so I put him in that category as an Old Testament Prophet.tony benn: Interview with John Cleary (23 February 2003)
The best place to find things: the public library.edward berays: Quoted in L. Tye The Father of Spin (1998) p. 102
BBC obituary. Biographical information on Sir Isaiah Berlin A tribute to Isaiah Berlin & "A conversation with Isaiah Berlin" on The Philosopher's Zone, ABC (6 & 14 June 2009) The Book of Isaiah: Personal Impressions of Isaiah Berlin (2009) edited by Henry Hardy Isaiah Berlin and the history of ideas The Isaiah Berlin Virtual Libraryisaiah berlin: Quotations at The Isaiah Berlin Virtual Library
A great library easily begets affection, which may deepen into love.augustine birrell: "In the Name of the Bodleian"
The Internet is a big boon to academic research. Gone are the days spent in dusty library stacks digging for journal articles. Many articles are available free to the public in open-access journal or as preprints on the authors’ website.nick bostrom: "Nick Bostrom on the future, transhumanism and the end of the world" at Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (22 January 2007) (ieet.org)
Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem.New York Times, 7 October 1962
Take the National Organization for Women — please! They've embarrassed me enough over the years, and now I'm going to give them a taste of their own medicine. They were always so holier-than-thou, systematically getting rid of everyone who wasn't just like them: white, upper-middle class, straight (or closeted), sex-phobic Democratic party apologists. As you can imagine, that's not a huge group anymore — but they still manage to hang onto a name that insists that they represent half the population!Well, it's all over, sweethearts. I'm taking away your library card, I'm stripping badges and I'm not returning phone calls. Calling NOW feminists is like calling the People's Republic of China communist: Marx and Emma Goldman are both rolling in their graves.susie bright: "This shameless hussy ballbuster Clinton scandals", Salon, March 13, 1998.
Every child in American should have access to a well-stocked school library. … An investment in libraries is an investment in our children's future.laura welch bush: As quoted in Biography Today : Profiles of People of Interest to Young Readers, Vol. 12, Issue 2 : Laura Bush by Joanne Mattern (2003), p. 34
When I was in my 20s, I was a bookworm — spent 12 hours of the day in the library. How I met George, I'll never know.laura welch bush: As quoted in Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach : Use the Enneagram System for Exceptional Results (2009) by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, p. 123
Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.laura welch bush: As quoted in The 21st Century Elementary Library Media Program (2009) by Carl A. Harvey, p. 3
I spent all my time at school in the library. Bad teachers can teach you to learn on your own.gregory colbert: "Dances With Whales" by Alan Riding in The New York Times (22 April 2002)
It always seems to me that one of the saddest things about the death of a literary man is the fact that the breaking-up of his collection of books almost invariably follows; the building up of a good library, the work of a lifetime, has been so much labour lost, so far as future generations are concerned. Talent, yes, and genius too, are displayed not only in writing books but also in buying them, and it is a pity that the ruthless hammer of the auctioneer should render so much energy and skill fruitless.stuart dodgson collingwood: The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (1898) p. 136
A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas — a place where history comes to life.Norman Cousins: American Library Association Bulletin (Oct 1954)
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 in your library and read every book, as long as that document does not offend our own ideas of decency. That should be the only censorship.dwight d. eisenhower: Remarks at the Dartmouth College Commencement Exercises (14 June 1953)