Cool Quotes about Libraries

All that mankind has done, though, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.

Thomas Carlyle

The only true equalisers in the world are books; the only treasure-house open to all comers is a library; the only wealth which will not decay is knowledge; the only jewel which you can carry beyond the grave is wisdom.

J. A. Langford

Medicine for the Soul

Inscription over the door of the Library of Thebes

Research means that you don’t know, but are willing to find out.

Charles F. Kettering

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.


One of the things I learned in library school is that when people have an information need, they’ll always ask people they know before they ask a librarian. The trick is making sure that librarians are some of the people they know.

Jessamyn West. “Metafilter: Going Your Way.” Library Journal, Oct. 15, 2006,