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LIBRARIES
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[ Also see Authorship Books Literature Pen Reading Writing ]

We enter our studies, and enjoy a society which we alone can bring together. We raise no jealousy by conversing with one in preference to another; we give no offence to the most illustrious by questioning him as long as we will, and leaving him as abruptly. Diversity of opinion raises no tumult in our presence: each interlocutor stands before us, speaks or is silent, and we adjourn or decide the business at our leisure.
      - Walter Savage Landor

No possession can surpass, or even equal, a good library to the lover of books. Here are treasured up for his daily use and delectation, riches which increase by being consumed, and pleasures which never cloy.
      - John Alfred Langford

He has his Rome, his Florence, his whole glowing Italy, within the four walls of his library. He has in his books the ruins of an antique world, and the glories of a modern one.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

How little our libraries cost us as compared with our liquor cellars.
      - Sir John Lubbock, Lord Avebury

I love vast libraries; yet there is a doubt,
  If one be better with them or without,--
    Unless he use them wisely, and, indeed,
      Knows the high art of what and how to read.
      - John Godfrey Saxe, The Library

'Tis well to borrow from the good and the great;
  'Tis wise to learn: 'tis God-like to create!
      - John Godfrey Saxe, The Library

A large library is apt to distract rather than to instruct the learner; it is much better to be confined to a few authors than to wander at random over many.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Some book there is that she desires to see.
  Which is it, girl, of these? Open them, boy.
    But thou art deeper read and better skilled:
      Come and take choice of all my library,
        And so beguile thy sorrow, till the heavens
          Reveal the damned contriver of this deed.
      - William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
         (Titus at IV, i)

A circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Rivals
         (act I, sc. 2)

What laborious days, what watchings by the midnight lamp, what rackings of the brain, what hopes and fears, what long lives of laborious study, are here sublimized into print, and condensed into the narrow compass of these surrounding shelves!
      - Horace (Horatio) Smith (a/k/a Paul Chatfield)

Shelved around us lie
  The mummied authors.
      - Bayard Taylor,
        The Poet's Journal--Third Evening

As great a store
  Have we of books as bees of herbs or more.
      - Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist")

Thou can'st not die. Here thou art more than safe
  Where every book is thy epitaph.
      - Henry Vaughan ("The Silurist"),
        on Sir Thomas Bodley's library

The ponderous tomes are bales of the mind's merchandise.
      - Robert Aris Willmott


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