This part of our Best 50 series we’d like to devote to places and people who deserve most attention. Below you’ll find best quotes about libraries and librarians.
Libraries are an essential element in a process of giving users access to digital knowledge. For many people they are the only place with an access to free internet.
Most importantly, however, libraries are the places where you can expect smart and clear answers to even most difficult questions. As one of my favorite cartoons shows, a librarian is the original search engine.
I’ve visualised some of the quotes to let you easier share them in social networks – and promote libraries to a growing community of online addicts.
In times of the internet especially everyone can visit a library without leaving home (to be more precise: the computer; to be even more precise: the browser). 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.
Please share library quotes that are missing in the list. I’m updating the page regularly. Any suggestions about which quotes to turn into images are also welcome.
50 quotes about libraries and librarians
An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.
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.
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.
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
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
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
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.
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 tour-guides for all of knowledge.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Libraries are the future of reading.
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