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No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.
I'm not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court.
My parents, and librarians along the way, taught me about the space between words; about the margins, where so many juicy moments of life and spirit and friendship could be found. In a library, you could find miracles and truth and you might find something that would make you laugh so hard that you get shushed, in the friendliest way.
Books were my window on the world. Growing up at the Elephant and Castle, which was very rough, my paradise was the library.
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.
Lawrence Clark Powell
I have very happy memories of fairy tales. My mother used to take me to the library in Toronto to check out the fairy tales. And she was an actress, so she used to act out for me the different characters in all these fairy tales.
You can't love a library of e-books. You can't furnish a room with e-books.
The library of my elementary school had this great biography section, and I read all of these paperback biographies until they were dog-eared. The story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Madame Curie and Martin Luther King and George Washington Carver and on and on and on.
The standard library saves programmers from having to reinvent the wheel.
A library implies an act of faith.
I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.
Truthfully, without over-egging it, as I often do, the library and journalism, those things made me who I am.
I read all the time. I love it. My fantasy would be to be locked into a library. I'd be very, very happy.
I don't know what your childhood was like, but we didn't have much money. We'd go to a movie on a Saturday night, then on Wednesday night my parents would walk us over to the library. It was such a big deal, to go in and get my own book.
If you file your waste-paper basket for fifty years, you have a public library.
So he said 'I'm going to chop off the bottom of one of your trouser legs and put it in a library.' I thought 'That's a turn-up for the books.'
What is more important in a library than anything else - than everything else - is the fact that it exists.
Every child in American should have access to a well-stocked school library.
I was a great reader of fairy tales. I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.
My mother always kept library books in the house, and one rainy Sunday afternoon - this was before television, and we didn't even have a radio - I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered I was reading and enjoying what I read.
I've been quite fascinated by the relative insignificance of human existence, the shortness of life. We might as well be a letter in a word in a sentence on a page in a book in a library in a city in one country in this enormous universe! And that kind of fear and insignificance has kept me awake at night.
It's one thing, holding open the door for someone at a grocery store, or the library, or just about anyplace else. But the doughnut shop is a different thing altogether. This is a get-in-and-out-as-fast-as-you-can operation. There's no room for courtesy or chivalry here.
Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
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 a book.
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.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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