A Quote by V. T. Neelkantan on good fortune, libraries, open road, path, free world, and travel

Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading whenever I choose,
Henceforth I ask not good fortune, I am myself good fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticism,
Strong & Content I travel The Open Road.

V. T. Neelkantan

Source: The Voice of Babaji: A Trilogy on Kriya Yoga

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A Quote by Norman Cousins on libraries, wisdom, and the birth of ideas

    The library is not a shrine for the worship of books.  It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one's devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual.  A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life. 

Norman Cousins (1912 - 1990)

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A Quote by William Penn on country, garden, god, goodness, libraries, philosophy, power, and wisdom

The Country is both the Philosopher's Garden and his Library, in which he Reads and Contemplates the Power, Wisdom and Goodness of God.

William Penn (1644 - 1718)

Source: Some Fruits of Solitude In Reflections And Maxims, 1682

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on books, death, determination, discovery, god, grace, learning, libraries, life, time, and wonder

It must have been a most blessed discovery, that of an old Latin Bible which he found in the Erfurt Library about this time. He had never seen the Book before. It taught him another lesson than that of fasts and vigils Luther learned now that a man was saved not by singing masses, but by the infinite grace of God: a more credible hypothesis. He gradually got himself founded, as on the rock. No wonder he should venerate the Bible, which had brought this blessed help to him. He prized it as the Word of the Highest must be prized by such a man. He determined to hold by that, as through life and to death he firmly did.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Sylvia Townsend Warner on accuracy, books, dawn, joy, justice, kindness, libraries, mathematics, mind, novelty, and passion

For twenty pages perhaps, he read slowly, carefully, dutifully, with pauses for self-examination and working out examples. Then, just as it was working up and the pauses should have been more scrupulous than ever, a kind of swoon and ecstasy would fall on him, and he read ravening on, sitting up till dawn to finish the book, as though it were a novel. After that his passion was stayed; the book went back to the Library and he was done with mathematics till the next bout. Not much remained with him after these orgies, but something remained: a sensation in the mind, a worshiping acknowledgment of something isolated and unassailable, or a remembered mental joy at the rightness of thoughts coming together to a conclusion, accurate thoughts, thoughts in just intonation, coming together like unaccompanied voices coming to a close.

Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893 - 1978)

Source: Mr. Fortune's Maggot.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on libraries and rest

A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Adv. of Sherlock Holmes: Five Orange Pips

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on books and libraries

A man will turn over half a library to make one book.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. v. Chap. viii. 1775.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on conviction, hope, libraries, and vanity

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: The Rambler, March 23, 1751

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ronald Wilson Reagan on college, libraries, and time

I'm spending more time at this library in four days than I did at the Eureka College Library in four years. Ronald Reagan during the opening ceremonies for the library that will house his white house papers.

Ronald Reagan (1911 -)

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A Quote by Richard Brinsley Sheridan on knowledge and libraries

A circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 - 1816)

Source: The Rivals. Act iii. Sc. 1.

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