Historical Figures

"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert."

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

by word of MALF, newsletter of Minnesota Association of Library Friends

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Theoretical Physicist

Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

"A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life..."

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
US Abolitionist, Clergyman, and Author

The newsletter of the Friends of the Anderson Library (IN)

"The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading old ones."

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)
French Moralist and Essayist

Page Turner, newsletter of the Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library (WI)

"This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum."

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
American writer, Publisher, Artist, and Philosopher

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

"After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books."

Albert Camus (1913-1960)
French Algerian Author, Philosopher, and Journalist

Folio, newsletter of The Friends of the Macon County, N.C., Public Library

"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

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