Thoughts on Libraries

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
Henry Ward Beecher

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.
Norman Cousins

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"If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need."

Roman Statesman, Philosopher, and Lawyer
"If we didn't already have libraries, they would now have to be invented. They are the keys to American success in fully exploiting the information superhighways of the future."
James Billington
Librarian of Congress
"A library's function is to give the public in the quickest and cheapeast way information, inspiration, and recreation. If a better way than the book can be found, we should use it."
Melvin Dewey (1851-1931)
American Librarian and Educator
"Public libraries have been a mainstay of my life. They represent an individual's right to acquire knowledge; they are the sinews that bind civilized societies the world over. Without libraries, I would be a pauper, intellectually and spiritually."
James A. Michener
"The door available to everyone that can lead to happiness and success is the modest door of the public library. I found it to be so in my own life and work."
Herman Wouk
"As a kid growing up in the Nebraska, apart from my book-filled home and movie theaters, libraries were my favorite places to be, to wander, to daydream, to read. They were havens where I could find out pretty much anything I wanted to know, staffed by people encouraging and enabling my curiosity. They were outposts of civilization, long before I knew how necessary and precious such outposts are."
Kurt Andersen

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