"Library Way" Quotes

posted Mar 7, 2015, 11:34 AM by Randall Stow   [ updated Mar 7, 2015, 11:34 AM ]
The next time you are in New York City, check out "Library Way" as you approach  the fifth avenue branch of  New York Public Library on 41st Street. The sidewalk is studded with bronze sidewalk plaques with  inspirational quotes  from books and poems and about  reading, poetry, writing and literature. Here are just a few to help you remember why libraries are important for us all.

I want everyone to be smart. As smart as they can be. A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.
Garson Kanin (1912-1999)
Born Yesterday

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862

Information is light. Information, in itself, about anything, is light.
Tom Stoppard (1937-)
Night and Day

All books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
Esquire, December 1934

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
William Styron (1925-2006)
Writers at Work

And...one of my favorites, from one of my favorite books......

Dr. Rieux resolved to compile this chronicle, so that he should not be one of those who hold their peace but should bear witness in favor of those plague stricken people; so that some memorial of the injustice and outrage done them might endure; and to state quite simply what we learn in time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise.
Albert Camus (1913-1930)
The Plague