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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.
A library implies an act of faith.
I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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.
And if you are a parent, introduce your children to their neighborhood library. It will give them a real sense of independence to have their own library card and enjoy borrowing books.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Scholars have long dreamed of a universal library containing everything that has ever been written.
London has fine museums, the British Library is one of the greatest library institutions in the world... It's got everything you want, really.
If there are no films or plays of interest to me, I don't go. I know how to go to a museum or a library or pick up a good magazine or I can watch the sun set. I know how to live. There's a whole creation out there full of magic and wonder to be explored.
You can't love a library of e-books. You can't furnish a room with e-books.
We never had books at home, but my dad, seeing how keen I was to read, took me to Islington Library when I was about eight and we pulled out two - a Biggles and a science fiction novel. I never got the ace fighter pilot but fell in love with all things to do with the future and space. Isaac Asimov soon became my guiding star.
In my opinion, right up there with free public schools, our free public library system is what makes citizenship possible, even what makes America great.
The Occupy movement did create spontaneously communities that taught people something: you can be in a supportive community of mutual aid and cooperation and develop your own health system and library and have open space for democratic discussion and participation. Communities like that are really important.
No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public 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.
I intend, before the endgame looms, to die sitting in a chair in my own garden with a glass of brandy in my hand and Thomas Tallis on the iPod. Oh, and since this is England, I had better add, 'If wet, in the library.' Who could say that this is bad?
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.
Arthur Conan Doyle
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.
I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories.
The only thing that I discovered very early on is that, even though we might change schools and cities and towns and states, the books in the library were the same. They had the same covers. They had the same characters. I could go and visit those people in the library as if I knew them.
J. Michael Straczynski
I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog.
I read all the time. I love it. My fantasy would be to be locked into a library. I'd be very, very happy.
Books were my window on the world. Growing up at the Elephant and Castle, which was very rough, my paradise was the library.
I miss the reference section at the library. I used to go there twice a week on missions. Now everywhere's a research library and I can't get an elitist kick from it any more.
If you file your waste-paper basket for fifty years, you have a public library.
Dynasty was the opportunity to take charge of my career rather than waiting around like a library book waiting to be loaned out.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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