Historical Figures

"Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to posterity of those who are yet unborn."

Joseph Addison
English Essayist, Poet, Playwright, and Politician

From the newsletter of the Friends of Boyden Library, Foxborough, Mass.

"When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes."

(c. 1466-1536)
Dutch Renaissance Humanist, Catholic Priest and Theologian

2004 @ your libraryTM desk calendar created by the Arkansas Library Association

"The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch if from our neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."

Voltaire (1694-1778)
French Enlightenment Writer, Historian, and Philosopher

Between Friends, newsletter of the Blount County (TN) Friends of the Library

"What refuge is there for the victim who is possessed with the feeling that there are a thousand new books he ought to read, while life is only long enough for him to read a hundred?"

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
American Physician, Professor, Lecturer, and Author (1809-1894)

From the newsletter of the Friends of the Roswell (N.M.) Public Library

"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Author

2004 @ your libraryTM desk calendar created by the Arkansas Library Association

"Secondhand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack."

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Author

Footsteps, newsletter of the Friends of Auburn Library, Auburn, CA

"There are many ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."

Jacqueline Kennedy
Former First Lady of the United States

From the newsletter of the Friends of the Riverside (Calif.) Library

"A library's function is to give the public in the quickest and cheapeast way information, inspiration, and recreation. If a better way than the book can be found, we should use it."

Melvil Dewey (1851-1931)
American Librarian and Educator

2004 @ your libraryTM desk calendar created by the Arkansas Library Association

"I like stories well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself."

Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Author

Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

"A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others."

Abraham Lincoln
16th President of the United States

From the newsletter of the Friends of the Riverside (Calif.) Library

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