Library and Education Quotes

These are culled from various sources including the signature lines of the wonderful guys and gals over at such, please let me know if any of them are not properly attributed!

Reading and Books

"Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life."
Mortimer J. Adler

"If you aren't carrying a book around with you, then you're doomed."
Sherman Alexie

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."
Maya Angelou

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."
Jane Austen

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."
Francis Bacon

"He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, and effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes."

"Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore?"
Henry Ward Beecher.

"The whole world opened to me when I learned to read."
Mary McLeod Bethune

"Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable."
Augustine Birrell

"An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy." Augustine Birrell

"When in doubt, Read." Sandra Boynton

"Books can take us far away and bring us back that very day." Kerry Boone

"In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream."
Thomas Carlyle

"All that mankind has done, thought or been is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. They are the chosen possession of men" Carlyle

"God be thanked for books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. In the best books great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts and pour their souls into ours. " Channiim

"I often feel sorry for people who don't read good books; they are missing the chance to lead an extra life"
Scott Corbett

"Reading gives you some place to go when you have to stay where you are." ~Mason Cooley

"The mark of a good book is it changes every time you read it."
Anderson Cooper

"One must always be careful of books...and what is inside of them, for words have the power to change us." Tessa, in Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

"A book is a garden carried in your pocket"
Chinese Proverb

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." Walt Disney

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
Charles Eliot

"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“. . .we don’t remember things half as well as books do. But for them we probably wouldn’t know anything for very long. It would all be forgotten. . .” (Cornelia Funke, Inkheart)

I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot. "
Bill Gates

"One's life is more formed, I sometimes think, by books than by human beings; it is out of books one learns about love and pain at second hand." Graham Greene

"The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it distracts, it excites, it gives you a knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination." Elizabeth Hardwick

"I cannot live without books."
Thomas Jefferson

"A blessed companion is a book,—a book that fitly chosen is a life-long friend."
Douglas William Jerrold

"Books have three/of the deadliest foes/on this Earth:/fire/water and ignorant men. . ./. . .books are the finest treasures of all./You/need only feast once with your eyes/and your heart. /And you'll be/full with their wisdom/forever."
Melanie Little The Apprentice's Masterpiece

"I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book". Groucho Marx

"A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life." John Milton

"Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them." John Milton

"As good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye." John Milton

"Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf." Christopher Paolini, Brisingr

"Reading is not simply an intellectual pursuit but an emotional and spiritual one. It lights the candle in the hurricane lamp of self; that's why it survives. There are book clubs and book Web sites and books on tape and books online. There are still millions of people who like the paper version, at least for now. And if that changes, well, what is a book, really? Is it it's body, or its soul? Would Dickens have recognized a paperback of A Christm
as Carol, or, for that matter, a Braille version? Even on a cell-phone screen, Tiny Tim can God-bless us, every one." Anna Quindlen

"The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television." Andrew Ross

"What I like best is a book that's at least funny once in a while....What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though. " J.D. Salinger

"Books are like blankets, the mere sight of them around the house provides warmth and comfort. They are like mirrors, too, reflecting places I've been, phases I've been through, people I've loved or thought I did.""Virtual or Not, Libraries are Sweet Labor." Mary Schmich

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go."
Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

"Wicked people never have time for reading," Dewey said. "It's one of the reasons for their wickedness." from The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket

"A book is like a little room you can carry around with you and anytime you need to you can slip in there and get away from it all."--Diane Stanley "The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine"

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

"A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it." William Styron

"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all." Henry David Thoreau

"It's almost impossible to catch a cold from someone who doesn't have one. And it's almost impossible for a child to catch the love of reading from a teacher who doesn't have it.." Jim Trelease The Read Aloud Handbook

"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." Atwood H. Townsend

"Ten guards and the warden couldn't have torn me out of those books. Months passed without even thinking about being imprisoned. I had never been so truly free in my life." Malcolm X

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde

"Getting boys to read is difficult in our society. In my view, there are forces at work that desire us to be uneducated, simply for the purpose of creating good little consumers. We need to free our youth from the grip commercial media has on them. When a child picks up a book, it is a direct confrontation to that system. That is a type of revolution on a social scale and I am all about that-changing the direction of our society. When you go to a library and choose your own book, you take control of your life. Even if it is a very small step, it is one in the right direction. Readers become thinkers, and thinkers become leaders."
Jesse Joshua Watson, Illustrator and Author.

"Books are dangerous things sometimes...They feed your imagination."
Poison by Chris Wooding

"Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good.
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow."
William Wordsworth

Libraries and Librarians

"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 (in his autobiography I, Asimov)

"It is more than ironic that school districts are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on reading programs and staff development which have had limited success in boosting test scores, but are unwilling to invest in school library programs that show direct correlations to student success. " Douglas Achterman, 2008 Study of California School Libraries

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

"To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads."
Jon Bing, Professor of Information Technology Law, University of Oslo, Norway.

"The success of the library seems to depend upon a clear statement of the educational objectives of the library, the enthusiasm and work carried out by the teacher-librarian, and the co-operation with the rest of the school." Helen Boelens ENSIL Foundation (European Network for School Libraries and Information Literacy)

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
Jorge Luis Borges

"It’s no use going to school unless the library is your final destination." Ray Bradbury

"Libraries raised me. I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries, because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years." Ray Bradbury, 2009, New York Times Interview.

“Librarians. . .have been my lifelong friends, guides and heroes.” Joseph Bruchac (in an email to Basya "Barbara" Karp)

"School Libraries help teachers teach and children learn."
Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States of America

"Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest if the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card."
Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States of America

"The contemporary librarian, as Linda Braun, a lecturer at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, points out, is part reference specialist, part social worker, and part community organizer."
"Beauty and the Book :Libraries in the digital age raise questions about the place of books." By James Murdock (

“There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” Andrew Carnegie

"He who has a library and a garden, wants for nothing. "

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Any way you look at it, the more we expand libraries, the less we'll expand prisons. Thanks to my mom and the Chicago Public Library, I'm a writer now." Sandra Cisneros

"Libraries enable the past to talk to the future." Edward Cornish

"Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation."
Walter Cronkite

"Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague." - Eleanor Crumblehulme

"The Internet may be the world's greatest library, but let's face it: all the books are scattered on the floor."
D.C. Denison

"Some kids go to the library... Others to the street. But they can't go the libraries if the libraries are closed."
Officer Dombranski, NYPD.

"When you absolutely have to know, ask a librarian." John Ellison

"Be a little careful of your library ....You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?"
Neil Gaiman
(The Sandman. Line spoken by Lucien, Librarian of the Dreaming.)

"In the decade ahead, our democracy and our society will be facing a major challenge. Many, in our society, will have access to information and knowledge—and hence access to power; the power of autonomy, power of enlightenment, power of self-improvement and self-assertion, and power over their lives and their families’ future. And there will be others who will have no access to information.

Such a cleavage will have tremendous consequences on the future of our nation. Our nation cannot afford to have one-fifth of its population being illiterate. For reading is a means to education; education is a means to knowledge; knowledge is a means to power and a bright future. Those who learn to read and write do so not only for themselves and their families, but our nation as well. They learn in order to become good citizens and good ancestors. That is why reading and the love of libraries and books has to begin in the earliest stages of education. School libraries constitute an indispensable introduction to literacy and learning about the world and the universe. They are pathways to self-discovery. They are tools for progress and autonomy." Vartan Gregorian (emphasis mine)

"Together with the museum, the library is the DNA of our culture. Libraries are the mirror held up to the face of humankind, the diary and textbook of the human race. (from the same speech)" Source:

"The librarian isn't a clerk who happens to work at a library. A librarian is a data hound, a guide, a sherpa and a teacher. The librarian is the interface between reams of data and the untrained but motivated user. We need librarians more than we ever did. What we don't need are mere clerks who guard dead paper. Librarians are too important to be a dwindling voice in our culture."
Seth Godin in "The Future of the Library"

"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education"
Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education.

"We need the reference interview to find out exactly what the patron needs. That's the big difference between librarians and search engines. Google will give you everything. A reference librarian will give you just what you need. We are the original search engines--and the best ones. We can even work when the power is out." Sharon Knoer in The reference interview today

"Libraries are the only American institutions that make knowledge, ideas and information freely available to all citizens" Nancy C. Kranich as seen in Libraries & Democracy

"To Homer, libraries were holy places like churches, and the priestly librarians a blessed race, a saving remnant in a world of sin. Whenever God grew impatient and decided to destroy the worl he remembered the librarians and stayed his hand." Jane Langton ( The Thief of Venice, as quoted in Library Juice, 14 February 2001)

"As a former executive officer at a company that 1,200 employees in 29 countries worldwide, I know that without adequate media literacy training, kids will not succeed in a 21st-century workplace....Without a dedicated guide, they end up, in the words of professor Henry Jenkins, as 'feral children of the Internet raised by the Web 2.0 wolves.'" Mark Moran " Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google." Forbes Magazine, March 2010,

"Librarians see themselves as the guardians of the First Amendment. You got a thousand Mother Joneses at the barricades! I love the librarians and I am grateful for them!" Michael Moore

"More than a building that houses books and data, the library represents a window to a larger world, the place where we've always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the America story forward and the human story forward."
President Barack Obama.

"At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It's an enormous force for good.
President Barack Obama.

"Libraries are one of the only face-to-face services left where kids can come with no appointment and get professional service from someone with a master's degree who assigns no grades, makes no judgements. It's the greatest democratic institution ever created."
Patrick O'Brien

"You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of
employing wild animals as librarians...." (Monty Python)

"Our whole American way of life is a great war of ideas, and librarians are the arms dealers selling weapons to both sides."
James Quinn (WESTPAC/NOCALL joing meeting, 1990)

"A library should be like a pair of open arms." Roger Rosenblatt

"The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history."
Carl Thomas Rowan

"The Library gives people the tools they need to move off the breadline and onto a bank line." Anthony Suarez

"In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim"
Linton Weeks, Washington Post.

"We cannot have good libraries until we first have good librarians-properly educated, professionally recognized, and fairly rewarded."
Herbert S. White (Library Journal column, 15 November 1999, pp. 44-45)

"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." ~ Library Poster

"The Librarian, whose job is to heal ignorance, to keep life safe for poetry and to put knowledge smack dab in the middle of the American
way." ~ The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9-20-03

"Research shows the highest achieving students attend schools with good library media centers."
Keith Curry Lance.

"Where all think alike, no one thinks much." Walter Lippman

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read"
Groucho Marx

"The best morals kids get from any book is just the capacity to empathize with other people, to care about the characters and their feelings. So you don't have to write a preachy book to do that. You just have to make it a fun book with characters they care about and they will become better people as a result."
Louis Sachar

"We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading."
B. F. Skinner

"Some books are drenchèd sands
On which a great soul’s wealth lies all in heaps,
Like a wrecked argosy."

Alexander Smith

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. -Atwood H. Townsend


"Our schools are filled with kids who have been treated badly all their lives. They don't tell anyone, because there is shame in being treated badly. Many-girls and boys-have been sexually mistreated. Still others struggle in fear with sexual identity. They respond with eating disorders, cutting, suicidal thought or action. I can't tell you how many letters I've received from kids who found a friend in one of my books, a character who speaks to them. And if I get those letters, think of the letters Walter Dean Myers or Lois Lowry, or Judy Blume get, thanking us for letting them know, through literature, that they are not alone. In light of all that, there's really only one thing to say to the censors. Shut up." Chris Crutcher

"Kids are living stories every day that we wouldn't let them read."
Josh Westbrook

"An educational system which contents itself with teaching to read, and then fails to see that the best reading is provided, is as inconsistent and absurd as to teach children the expert use of the knife, fork and spoon and then provide them with no food." -- "Library Day" Putnam County Herald (Cookeville, TN) dated Thursday, September 16, 1915.

"It is more than ironic that school districts are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on reading programs and staff development which have had limited success in boosting test scores, but are unwilling to invest in school library programs that show direct correlations to student success." ~ Douglas Achterman, 2008 Study of California School Libraries


"It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives." John Adams, President of the United States

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." —Anthony J. D’Angelo

"To know how to suggest is the art of teaching." Henri-Frederic Amiel

"The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings."
Wendell Berry

"From now on I hope always to educate myself as best I can. But lacking this, in future I will relaxedly turn back to my secret mind to see what it has observed when I thought I was sitting this one out. We never sit anything out. We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. " Ray Bradbury.

"To be a teacher you must be a prophet— because you are trying to prepare people for a world thirty to fifty years into the future." —Gordon Brown, Former Dean, MIT

"Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace" Confucius

"If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." John Dewey

"At the Education Department, we now recognize that non-cognitive aspects of early learning, like the ability to self-regulate and engage in cooperative play, are crucial to school readiness and success. Rather than treating social and emotional development and academic development as separate missions it's time to recognize that they are inevitably linked." Arne Duncan

"Only the educated are free."
Epictus, (Greek-born, Roman slave and philosopher- 55 AD - 135 AD)

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can fin information upon it. " Samuel Johnson

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education." Martin Luther King Jr.

"A child is a person who is going to carry out what you have started. . . . . He is going to move in and take over your churches, schools, universities and corporations. The fate of humanity is in his hands." Abraham Lincoln

"We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet. "
Margaret Mead

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers

“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”Alvin Toffler

"Education is not about filling a pail, it's about lighting a fire."
William Butler Yeats

"An educational system which contents itself with teaching to read, and then fails to see that the best reading is provided, is as inconsistent and absurd as to teach children the expert use of the knife, fork and spoon and then provide them with no food." -- "Library Day" Putnam County Herald (Cookeville, TN) dated Thursday, September 16, 1915.


"All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity are easy. Stay away from easy."
Scott Alexander, Screenwriter

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." John Quincy Adams

"If you have an opportunity to make things better, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth." Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1971

"Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth." Charles A. Dana

"The world's troubles are your troubles. But there's nothing wrong with the world that can't be fixed by better human beings." John Sloan Dickey, President of Dartmouth college

"Be who you are and say what you feel, 'cause people who mind don't matter, and people who matter don't mind."
Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decided what kind of difference you want to make." Jane Goodall

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. "
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work. You don't give up." Anne Lamott

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves. "
Abraham Lincoln

"If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions. " Adlin Sinclair

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their household." Socrates (469 - 399 B.C.)

"You will always achieve much more in life through your influence on others than through what you do as an individual." Orville Thompson

"The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back." Abigail Van Buren

"Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught." J.C. Watts

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
Oscar Wilde

"Block me and I will go around you. Build a wall and I will build a door. Lock the door and I will break a window. And if I don't have a leader to inspire me, I will lead. If I don't have a team that will support me, I will recruit a team from beyond the organizational boundaries-every policy has a loophole, every system has a hidden reward. " From The Participatory Librarianship Starter Kit

Information and Information Technology

"All knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market" Maya Angelou I know why the caged bird sings

"The real source of wealth and capital in this new era is not material things. . it is the human mind, the human spirit, the human imagination, and our faith in the future." Steve Forbes

"Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other."Bill Gates

"I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in."
Bill Gates*

"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."Bill Gates

"Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs."Bill Gates

"Information is the currency of democracy."
Thomas Jefferson

"Information doesn't deserve to be free. It is an abstract tool; a useful fantasy, a nothing. It is nonexistent until and unless a person experiences it in a useful way."
Jaron Lanier

Some random others I like

About technology:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
--Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" Albert Einstein.

"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein

"Sometimes it's hard to tell fact from fiction. Time and again, I unearthed a telling incident or charming anecdote only to learn that it wasn't true. Frustrating? You bet. But it was also enlightening, a reminder that it is often difficult to find the history in the hype, to separate truth from fiction."

“What makes a good children’s writer? The writer must have a genuine and powerful wish not only to entertain children, but to teach them the habit of reading.” Roald Dahl

"The mind of a child is a dark wood. It is full of secret half-civilized thoughts that are forgotten like dreams a short time afterwards.” Roald Dahl

"I have learned to accept the fact that we risk disappointment, disillusionment, even despair, every time we act. Every time we decide to believe the world can be better. Every time we decide to trust others to be as noble as we think they are. And that there might be years during which our grief is equal to or even greater than, our hope. The alternative, however, not to act, and therefore to miss experiencing people at their best, reaching toward their fullness, has never appealed to me." Alice Walker

"We cannot solve the problems of today with the same thinking that gave us the problems in the first place." —Albert Einstein

"Assessment is a force; a power; and energy, and a phenomenon able to create for itself a potentially unstoppable examination culture. If misunderstood, assessment can, and will, hijack what you teach, how you teach, and ultimately, assessment can hijack your school’s, or your country’s educational intentions. Its power is equally awesome for limitless good when it is used instead to guide us." —John Hudson

Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen? —Friedrich Nietzche

If it were admitted that the great object is to read and enjoy a language . . . all might in their own way arrive there, and rejoice in its flowers. —Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Do not confine your children to your own learning for they were born in another time." —Hebrew proverb

"The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn." —Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement." —Susan Taylor

"A compassionate government keeps faith with the trust of the people and cherishes the future of their children." —Lynden Baines Johnson

"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." —Aristotle

"Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence." —Plato

Being against censorship is more about respect: not respect for the material, but respect for humans and their abilities to make decisions, find quality in books and movies and televion, and have quality discussions. In the end, it's simply hard to see how we can protect people by keeping them ignorant.
Chuck Finnigan (?)

"The Internet is marvelous, but to claim, as some now do, that it's make libraries obsolete is as silly as saying shoes have made feet unnecessary."
Mark Y. Herring, American Libraries, April 2001