When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.— Keith Richards
Skyrocket Public Library quotations
Be the same person privately, publicly and personally.
I think you should read everything you can.
In my case, by the age of 10, I'd read every book in the Omaha public library about investing, some twice. You need to fill your mind with various competing thoughts and decide which make sense.
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
People who complain in private want an answer. People who complain in public want an audience.
My most prized possession was my library card from the Oakland Public Library.
A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them.
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
Throughout my formal education I spent many, many hours in public and school libraries. Libraries became courts of last resort, as it were. The current definitive answer to almost any question can be found within the four walls of most libraries.
Here was one place where I could find out who I was and what I was going to become. And that was the public library.
At the 1894 ALA conference it was fairly well agreed that the primary goal of the public library must be to teach good citizenship. Libraries recognized that such "Americanization" could be achieved through literacy. Thus, teaching immigrants to read was not just a benefit in and of itself; literacy would also serve the interests of democracy.
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.
The public library is where place and possibility meet.
The reflections and histories of men and women throughout the world are contained in books.... America's greatness is not only recorded in books, but it is also dependent upon each and every citizen being able to utilize public libraries.
Rich people have big libraries, poor people have big TV's.
The public library is the great equaliser.
A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen, instead.
Real education is valuable, no matter where it comes from: an ivy league school, a public library or your grandmother.
No diet will remove all the fat from your body, becayse the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.
In my world there would be as many public libraries as there are Starbucks.
In my view, investing in public libraries is an investment in the nation's future.
I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories.
A library is a hospital for the mind
The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.
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.
Now, public libraries are most admirable institutions, but they have one irritating custom. They want their books back.
Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year to control the public mind.
The institution of a public library, containing books on education, would be well adapted for the information of teachers, many of whom are not able to purchase expensive publications on those subjects.
My alma mater is the Chicago Public Library.
For those without money, the road to the treasure house of the imagination begins at the public library.
Let us not be a society where honest in public equals weird.
I was a hugely unchaperoned reader, and I would wander into my local public library and there sat the world, waiting for me to look at it, to find out about it, to discover who I might be inside it.
You wasted $150,000 on an education you could have got for a buck fifty in late charges at the public library.
I was always looking ahead. I used to do all kinds of things for entertainment. When I was young, we had no radio, no TV. We were 30 miles from the public library, out in the sticks in Western Kansas, and so I'd do arithmetic exercises.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
When I first went to jail in 1960 with seven classmates trying to use their public library against the backdrop of my father being a veteran of World War II, not being able to use - having to sit behind Nazi on American military bases, I lost my fear of jails and death.
I think the public library system is one of the most amazing American institutions. Free for everybody. If you ever get the blues about the status of American culture there are still more public libraries than there are McDonald's. During the worst of the Depression not one public library closed their doors.
A public library is the most democratic thing in the world.
What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants.
A public opinion poll is no substitute for thought.
The door available to everyone that can lead to happiness & success is the modest door of the public library. I found it to be so in my own life and work.
I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.
I always carry a pistol when I go [to the New York Public Library].
Never did trust those stone lions.