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 Chatterton, ch.5.
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 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,'The Five Orange
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. Geoffrey de Breteuil fl.12c c.1165 Letter to Peter Mangot.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes,
than a public library. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson ^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 Remark, 6 Apr. Collected in James Boswell The
Life of Samuel Johnson
The world isaglobal campus,Hilary, you'd betterbelieve it. The American
Express card has replaced the library pass. David John Lodge Small World, pt.1, ch.2.
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 ^41 Tyrone. Long Day's Journey Into Night, act 4 (published
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 SirAnthonyAbsolute.The Rivals, act1, sc.2.