Thursday, 21 July 2011

Cool library quote!

Whilst flicking through one of the latest library-type magazines that made its way to my desk, I came across the following quote:

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library," Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian short-story writer, poet and critic. You can find out more about Jorge Luis Borges from our Oxford Reference Online database, via the library web pages.

Do you have a favourite library-related quote you would like to share with us?


  1. Here's a good one from Lord Samuel that I found in Oxford Reference Online (which also tells you how to cite your quotation!):-

    "A library is thought in cold storage."

    "Samuel, Lord" Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. by Susan Ratcliffe. Oxford University Press Inc. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Swansea Metropolitan University. 21 July 2011

  2. Library
    Here is where people,
    One frequently finds,
    Lower their voices
    And raise their minds.

    Light Armour. McGraw-Hill, 1954.
    Richard Armour.

  3. Libraries are as forests, in which not only tall cedars and oaks are to be found, but bushes too and dwarfish shrubs; and as in apothecaries' shops all sorts of drugs are permitted to be, so may all books be in a library.

    William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585-1649)

  4. The only true equalisers in the world are books; the only treasure-house open to all comers is a library; the only wealth which will not decay is knowledge; the only jewel which you can carry beyond the grave is wisdom.
    - J. A. Langford

    I also like this one:

    Medicine for the soul.
    - Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes