and Proverbs About Libraries, Librarians and Book Collections
only true equalisers in the world are books; the only
treasure-house open to all comers is a library; the
only wealth which will not decay is knowledge; the only
jewel which you can carry beyond the grave is wisdom.
J. A. Langford
is, however, not to the museum, or the lecture-room,
or the drawing-school, but to the library, that we must
go for the completion of our humanity. It is books that
bear from age to age the intellectual wealth of the
the houses of the humble a little library in my opinion
is a most precious possession.
blessed companion is a book! A book that, fitly chosen,
is a life-long friend.
possession can surpass, or even equal, a good library
to the lover of books.
J. A. Langford
poor man, my library
Was dukedom large enough.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
little library, growing larger every year, is an honourable
part of a man's history. It is a man's duty to have
books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries
Henry Ward Beecher
library of a good man is one of his most constant, cheerful,
and instructive companions; and as it has delighted
him in youth, so will it solace him in old age.
C. Frognall Dibdin
still and peaceful is a Library! It seems quiet as the
grave, tranquil as heaven, a cool collection of the
thoughts of the men of all times. And yet, approach
and open the pages, and you find them full of dissension
and disputes, alive with abuse and detraction— a huge,
many-volumed satire upon man, written by himself. .
. . What a broad thing is a library — all shades of
opinion reflected on its catholic bosom, as the sunbeams
and shadows of a summer's day upon the ample mirror
of a lake.
man should have a library....And when we have got our
little library we may look proudly at Shakspeare, and
Bacon, and Bunyan, as they stand in our bookcase in
company with other noble spirits, and one or two of
whom the world knows nothing, but whose worth we have
often tested. These may cheer and enlighten us, may
inspire us with higher aims and aspirations, may make
us, if we use them rightly, wiser and better men.
William A. E. Axon
a place to be in is an old library! It seems as though
all the souls of all the writers that have bequeathed
their labours to these Bodleians, were reposing here
as in some dormitory, or middle state.
is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we
know where we can find information upon it. When we
enquire into any subject, the first thing we have to
do, is to know what books have treated of it. This leads
us to look at catalogues, and the backs of books in
scholar must shape his own shell, secrete it, one might
almost say, for secretion is only separation, you know,
of certain elements derived from the materials of the
world about us. And a scholar's study, with the books
lining its walls, is his shell.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
my garden I spend my days; in my library I spend my
nights. My interests are divided between my geraniums
and my books. With the flower I am in the present; with
the book I am in the past. I go into my library, and
all history unrolls before me.
truest owner of a Library is he who has bought each
book for the love he bears to it; who is happy and content
to say,—" Here are my jewels; my choicest material possessions.
very short examination of a library is sufficient to
enable one to describe the owner in general and unmistakable
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