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Notable Quotes about Libraries

The libraries of America are and must ever remain the home of free, inquiring minds. To them, our citizens --of all ages and races, of all creeds and persuasions-- must be able to turn with clear confidence that there they can freely seek the whole truth, unvarnished by fashion and uncompromised by expediency. ---President Dwight D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969)

My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free.
---Kirk DOUGLAS (1916-)

I am excited about what's happening in my hometown and in libraries across the country. But I worry about whether our society will support public libraries so they can sustain this critical community service. In my view, investing in public libraries is an investment in the nation's future.
---Bill GATES (1955-)

The richest person in the world - in fact all the riches in the world - couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library.
---Malcolm FORBES (1919-1990)

"Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open."
---Laura BUSH (1946-)

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.

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library
—Jorge Luis BORGES (1899-1986)

There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house.
— Joe RYAN