Historical Figures

"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

"A good book is the best of friends, the same today and for ever."

Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810-1889)
English Writer, and Poet

Horizons, the newsletter of the South Central Library System, Madison, WI

"The first time I read an excellent book it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend; when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one."

Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)
Irish Writer, Poet, and Physician

Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

"I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
American Lecturer, Essayist, and Poet

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

"I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book."

Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
American Comedian and Film Star

The newsletter of the Issaquah (WA) Friends

"Come, and take choice of all my library, and so beguile thy sorrow."

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Playwright

Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

"Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality."

Edgar Allan Poe
American Writer, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic

From Speed Reader, the newsletter of the Speedway (Ind.) Public Library

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
English Essayist, Poet, Playwright and Politician

The newsletter of the Friends of the Bellflower Library, CA

"Before you sleep, read something that is exquisite, and worth remembering."

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

Friends of Libraries U.S.A.

"If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need."

Cicero
Roman Statesman, Philosopher, and Lawyer

The newsletter of the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library, Ventura, CA

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