50 thought-provoking quotes about libraries and librarians
You’ll find below a selection of quotes devoted to places and people deserving most attention: libraries and librarians.
Libraries are essential in a process of giving citizens access to knowledge. In digital times they are needed more than ever before.
Get your library card, and you’ll be able to borrow a print or electronic book, use free internet, or attend a course improving your digital skills.
Most importantly, however, libraries are the places where you can expect smart and clear answers to even most difficult questions. As Neil Gaiman says: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”
In times of the internet, everyone can visit a library without leaving home. It’s just a matter of opening a library’s website, and you can not only borrow an ebook, but also ask the librarian an online question.
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50 quotes about libraries and librarians
An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.
To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books.
–Carlos María Domínguez
When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.
–Rita Mae Brown
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.
The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community.
When you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian.
–American Library Association
The most important asset of any library goes home at night – the library staff.
In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance.
I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.
I’m really a library man, or second-hand book man.
–John le Carre
A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.
I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.
Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.
If I was a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids.
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
–Henry Ward Beecher
Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague.
– Eleanor Crumblehulme
If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.
Shout for libraries. Shout for the young readers who use them.
Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed.
If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?
With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.
A library book, I imagine, is a happy book.
Libraries raised me.
Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.
–Henri Frederic Amiel
If we can put a man on the moon and sequence the human genome, we should be able to devise something close to a universal digital public library.
Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.
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.
The standard library saves programmers from having to reinvent the wheel.
A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.
A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need.
Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem.
Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.
–Lady Bird Johnson
Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom.
My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.
Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.
Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library.
–Walter Savage Landor
Libraries are our friends.
Rule number one: Don’t fuck with librarians.
Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information. Don’t ever piss one off.
What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.
A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you.
–Alan M. Dershowitz
A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.
When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian.
Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind.
The love of libraries, like most loves, must be learned.
What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists.
Libraries are the future of reading.
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