My books are very few, but then the world is before me - a library open to all - from which poverty of purse cannot exclude me - in which the meanest and most paltry volume is sure to furnish something to amuse, if not to instruct and improve
Books in a large university library system: 2,000,000. Books in an average large city library: 10,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30,000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20,000.
I myself spent hours in the Columbia library as intimidated and embarrassed as a famished gourmet invited to a dream restaurant where every dish from all the world's cuisines, past and present, was available on request.
A library implies an act of faith
That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library
The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, Where's the self-help section? She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future
If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in a library.
A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them
Your library is your portrait.
To those with ears to hear, libraries are really very noisy places. On their shelves we hear the captured voices of the centuries-old conversation that makes up our civilization.
What is more important in a library than anything else - than everything else - is the fact that it exists.
Some men have only one book in them, others a library
Libraries are not made, they grow
My library was dukedom large enough.
No university in the world has ever risen to greatness without a correspondingly great library... When this is no longer true, then will our civilization have come to an end.
Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn't rip off.
A library is thought in cold storage.
To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.
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.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library; for who can see the wall crowded on every side by mighty volumes, the works of laborious meditations and accurate inquiry, now scarcely known but by the c
A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you.