Unfamiliar Quotations


"A library is essentially a place of possibility." - A.J. Hackwith

"No offense to the American Library Association, but we just don't care." -Attorney General John Ashcroft, stating that the FBI is not interested in searching library records. 

“I have a good job in the prison library, looking after the book.” -Jesse Eisenberg

“The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.” - Peter Golkin

"Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library." -Barbara Tuchman

"Only librarians like to search; everyone else likes to find." -Roy Tennant
"If the Smithsonian is the nation's attic, the (National) Archives is the nation's sock drawer." -Linton Weeks

"Historically, terrorists and spies have used libraries to plan and carry out activities that threaten our national security." -Department of Justice

"We must conceive of the library as a channel through which books pass on their way from the publisher to the incinerator." -G. Hardin

"If a man spends enough time in a library, he may actually change his mind. I have seen it happen." -Roger Rosenblatt

"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

"I'm a frustrated librarian. Instead of a banjo picker or a riverboat pilot I'd like to be a man who sits behind a counter and says: 'shhh!'." -John Hartford

"(Librarians have) got their radical factions, like the Ruby Ridge or Waco types." -Judith Platt, spokesperson for the Association of American Publishers, 2001

"Did it ever occur to anyone that if you put nice libraries in public schools you wouldn't have to put them in prisons?" -Fran Lebowitz

"In 1988 the United States spent 15 billion dollars on horses and 6.4 billion dollars on libraries." -Library of Congress Information Bulletin 61592