Carved over the door to the Lockport Public Library in Lockport, NJ.
The first thing naturally when one enters a scholar's study or library, is to look at his books. One gets a notion very speedily of his tastes and the range of his pursuits by a glance round his book-shelves.
As the strata of the earth preserve in succession the living creatures of past epochs, so the shelves of libraries preserve in succession the errors of the past and their expositions, which like the former were very lively and made a great commotion in their own age but now stand petrified and stiff in a place where only the literary palaeontologist regards them.Arthur Schopenhauer
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 Bush
Library here is where people, one frequently finds, lower their voices and raise their minds.
I have always imagined Paradise as a kind of library.
Human beings can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.samuel johnson
What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists.
A great public library, in its catalogue and its physical disposition of its books on shelves, is the monument of literary genres.
The library is a symbol of freedom.
They should be taking bonuses from bankers, not library books from schoolchildren. What kind of society are we building?
A great library contains the diary of the human race.
Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.
'Tis well to borrow from the good and great. 'Tis wise to learn. 'Tis God-like to create!john godfrey saxe
Your library makes our small corner of the world feel big.Belle