Libraries

"A library is an arsenal of liberty."
 

ANONYMOUS

"If your library is not 'unsafe', it probably isn't doing its job."
 

John BERRY III
Library Journal, October 1999
Editor-In-Chief

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

Jorge Luis BORGES
Argentine poet (1899-1986)

"There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration."
 

Andrew CARNEGIE
Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist (1837-1919)

"The public library is the most dangerous place in town."
 

John CIARDI
American poet and critic (1916-86)

"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
American editor and author (1915-90)

"If librarianship is the connecting of people to ideas - and I believe that is the truest definition of what we do- it is crucial to remember that we must keep and make available, not just good ideas and noble ideas, but bad ideas, silly ideas, and yes, even dangerous and wicked ideas."
 

GraceAnne A. DECANDIDO
American librarian, writer, editor, teacher, and speaker

"If information is the currency of democracy, then libraries are the banks."
 

Wendell FORD
Former US Senator
Based on Thomas JEFFERSON: "Information is the currency of democracy!"

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

Jo GODWIN

"Plain decay of libraries is like Alzheimer's in the nation's brain"
 

Ted HUGHES
British report: "New Library: The People's Network", 1997

"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."
 

Doris LESSING
Index on Censorship
British novelist, b. Kermanshah, Persia (1919-)

"Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.".
 

Toni MORRISON
American novelist (1931-)

A good library is a place, a palace where the lofty spirits of all nations and generations meet.
 

Samuel NIGER
(1883-1956)

"My Alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity."
 

MALCOLM X
"Autobiograhy of Malcolm X."
Militant black leader in the United States (1925-1965)

"Existing libraries, in their very being, seem to question the authority of those in power."
 

Alberto MANGUEL
Index on Censorship
Argentinian-Canadian writer, editor and critic (1948-)

"Libraries are the concert halls of the finest voices gathered from alltimes and places."
 

J.P. RICHTER

"The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history."
 

Carl Thomas ROWAN
American journalist (1925-)

"I pray that no child of mine would ever descend into such a place as a library. They are indeed most dangerous places and unfortunate is she or he who is lured into such a hellhole of enjoyment, stimulus, facts, passion and fun."
 

Willy RUSSELL

"A library is thought in cold storage."
 

Herbert Louis SAMUEL
British statesman (1870-1963)

"Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."
 

Virginia (Stephen) WOOLF
English novelist and essayist (1882-1941)

"Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts. Some of you like pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read. Forget I mentioned it...Rise for the flag, salute."
 

(Francis Vincent) Frank ZAPPA
U.S. singer and songwriter (1940-)

Última actualización: 26 Enero 2007


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