Library and Educational Quotes

  1. To be educated in any true sense of the word, one must use the library, and master the experiences of mankind. William T. Harris, 1893
  2. "An intelligent person is not necessarily one who knows the answers but rather knows where to find them." Unknown
  3. "When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself." Isaac Asimov
  4. "What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education" Harold Howe, former Secretary of Education
  5. Even the director of technology at Google thinks librarians are savvy. He said in 2004 that it might be “about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in doing search” Pogue 2004
  6. Teacher-librarians are good at searching, but we are also strong believers in the old Chinese proverb about fishing: “If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.”
  7. Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it. Samuel Johnson
  8. "Libraries are not made; they grow." Augustine Birrell
  9. “Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfilment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.”|ALA Library Bill of Rights]]
  10. "In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim." Linton Weeks
  11. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it,” said Alan Kay
  12. Everything is miscellaneous
  13. "Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." Walter Cronkite, Newscaster (1916 - )
  14. "I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future call all be tested by how well we support our libraries." Carl Sagan, Scientist (1934-1996)
  15. "As a general rule, the most successful people in life are those who have the best information." Disraeli
  16. School Libraries are Weapons of Mass Instruction
  17. To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Edmund Burke
  18. To be educated in any true sense of the word, [ a person] must use the library, and master the experiences of mankind. -- William T. Harris, 1893
  19. Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx US comedian/ Marx Brothers (1890 - 1977)
  20. “Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you." Harold Bloom
  21. "In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." Eric Hoffer
  22. “ … we have spent decades worrying about equal access to schools, the challenge of the future is being sure that we provide equal access to knowledge.” John I. Goodlad
  23. "Read as much of the best literature as you can." Walter Dean Myers
  24. "Write, read, do." Jean Craighead George
  25. "Love books, love to read, write every day and don't ever give up." Betsy Byars
  26. "Read, read, read and try to write for your own enjoyment every chance you get." Joan Lowry Nixon
  27. "Learn five new words a day, because a book is written one word at a time." Richard Peck
  28. "Read the great writers, write something every day and believe in yourself." Madeleine L'Engle
  29. "A child must make a fort for him or herself in a bed and read, read, read." Gary Soto
  30. "Read, read, read and then read some more." Avi
  31. "We read to know that we are not alone." C.S. Lewis
  32. "A house without books is like a room without windows." Horace Mann
  33. "In the past you were what you owned are what you share." Charles Leadbeater, British Creativity/Technology/Futurist Advisor, on 21st Century Learners
  34. "A book in hand is worth two on the shelf'" (Connie Young, Teacher-Librarian)
  35. It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either. -- Mark Twain
  36. This library has something offensive to everyone. If you are not offended by something we have, please complain. -- Dorothy Broderick
  37. ' I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder how we could have tolerated anything so primitive.' John W Gardner
38. "I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart, who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience, who strain in the mud
and the muck to move things forward, who do what has to be done again and again." ~Marge Piercy
"It's funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women. The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. Librarians have stood up to the Patriot Act, sat down with noisy toddlers and reached out to illiterate adults. Libraries can never be shushed."

-- Comedian and author Paula Poundstone, national spokesperson for Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA)

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