90+ Best Library Quotes That Celebrate the Power of Books

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Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy. —Barack Obama

An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.

The public library is where the place and possibility meet.

Library Quotes

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

We don’t have to do everything to be everything, because we are already infinite. While we are alive we always contain a future of diverse possibilities.

In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide floaties and teach us to swim.

Who doesn’t love a library? It is a place where you can go to any town and discover the world. – Pat MacEnulty

Harry—I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!

The only thing that you have to know, is the location of the library.

When I read about how library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself. ~Isaac Asimov

We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

As Thoreau wrote, ‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

If you aim to be something you are not, you will always fail. Aim to be you. Aim to look and act and think like you. Aim to be the truest version of you. Embrace that you-ness. Endorse it. Love it. Work hard at it. And don’t give a second thought when people mock it or ridicule it. Most gossip is envy in disguise.

If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men to read more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. The Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security and liberty.

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. – Thomas Jefferson

What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.

Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy—where information is free and equally available to everyone. People tend to take that for granted, and they don’t realize what is at stake when that is put at risk.—Carla Hayden

What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists. ~Archibald MacLeish

To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books.

Have you read all those books in your room?

You don’t have to understand life. You just have to live it.

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.

The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a passport, and a library card. – E.L. Doctorow

What does she understand?” said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.

Do you want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!

The love of libraries, like most loves, must be learned. ~Alberto Manguel

The library was a doorway to freedom, to free thought. When you’re being taught, “You can’t, you can’t, you can’t” … the library says, “You can, you can, you can.

When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.

The only thing you have to know is the location of the library. – Albert Einstein

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him

Want,’ she told her, in a measured tone, ‘is an interesting word. It means lack. Sometimes if we fill that lack with something else the original want disappears entirely.

The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. —T.S. Eliot

A library could show you everything if you knew where to look

Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind. ~Richard Powers

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

Doctor Who: You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself! (from Tooth and Claw in Season 2)

You see, doing one thing differently is very often the same as doing everything differently.

A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.

Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague

When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian. ~Joan Bauer

Adorably illustrated by Simini Blocker, the quote by Albert Einstein would make a great welcome poster in every library!

The thing that looks the most ordinary might end up being the thing that leads you to victory.

A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded.

In a good bookroom, you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them

The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries. —Carl Sagan

A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.

Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information. Don’t ever piss one off. ~Spider Robinson

To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.

Secondhand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feathers, and have a charm that the domesticated volumes of the library lack

It is quite a revelation to discover that the place you wanted to escape to is the same place you escaped from. That the prison wasn’t the place, but the perspective.

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned

Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague. – Eleanor Crumblehulme

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. —Walter Cronkite

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card. ~Marc Brown

Never argue with a librarian; they know too much.

The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy, and community.

A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.

Maybe that’s what all lives were, though. Maybe even the most seemingly perfectly intense or worthwhile lives ultimately felt the same. Acres of disappointment and monotony and hurts and rivalries but with flashes of wonder and beauty. Maybe that was the only meaning that mattered. To be the world, witnessing itself.

I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.

The public library system of the United States is worth preserving. – Henry Rollins

Civilized nations build libraries; lands that have lost their soul close them down. —Toby Forward

The library is like a candy store where everything is free

I always felt, that if I could get to a library, I’d be okay. ~Maya Angelou

Libraries are places where the damaged go to find friends.

When you positively have to know, ask a librarian.

It was interesting, she mused to herself, how life sometimes gave you a whole new perspective by waiting around long enough for you to see it.

In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder.

A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never-failing spring in the desert. – Andrew Carnegie

A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you. —Alan M. Dershowitz

If I were a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids.

Libraries are only good if people use them like books only exist when someone reads them

The most important asset of any library goes home at night – the library staff.

That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend, and a good library.

Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom. ~Willard Scott

She realized that you could be as honest as possible in life, but people only see the truth if it is close enough to their reality.

A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your questions answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book

Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library. – Henri Frederic Amiel

It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like home.

My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin

Perhaps no place in any community is so democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. ~Lady Bird Johnson

The lonely mind in the busy city yearns for connection because it thinks human-to-human connection is the point of everything. But amid pure nature…solitude took on a different character. It became in itself a kind of connection. A connection between herself and the world. And between her and herself.

A great library doesn’t have to be big or beautiful. It doesn’t have to have the best facilities the most efficient staff or the most users. A great library provides. It is enmeshed in the life of a community in a way that makes it indispensable. A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need

I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK. It helped me as a child and that never left me. – Maya Angelou

Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, and great libraries build communities.

I ransack public libraries and find them full of sunk treasure.

Caught in the middle. Struggling, flailing, just trying to survive while not knowing which way to go. Which path to commit to without regret?

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