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Hooray for Public Libraries

To continue the celebration of National Library Week, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite quotations about libraries.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges, essayist and poet

“The greatness of a city is measured by the quality of its library.” Benjamin Franklin, author, inventor, statesman

“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.” Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady

“The richest person in the world—in fact all the riches in the world—couldn’t provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library.” Malcolm Forbes, publisher and entrepreneur

“I require books as I require air.” Sholem Asch, novelist

When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.” Rita Mae Brown, novelist

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Cicero, Roman philosopher

“Here is where people,
One frequently finds,
Lower their voices
And raise their minds.” Richard Armour, poet and author

“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.” Germaine Greer, journalist

“The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” Carl Sagan, astronomer and author

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