What books have to say about the library
There's no surprise that the library has a lot to say about books. But often times, books have plenty to say about the library.
Here are some quotes you might recognize about our favorite place:
"The place smelled of old paper, dust, and cinnamon. It reminded him of school, and a brief flash of his old life pleasantly filled his memory... Hugo also remembered that sometimes at night, Father would read to him from amazing adventure stories by Jules Verne and a collection of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, which were Hugo's favorites. He missed being read to."
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
"Harry --- I think I've just understood something! I've got to go to the library!"
And she sprinted away, up the stairs.
"What does she understand?" said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.
"Loads more than I do," said Ron, shaking his head.
"But why's she got to go to the library?"
"Because that's what Hermione does," said Ron, shrugging. "When in doubt, go to the library."
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling
“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper ---memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke
“Well, I know what will make you feel better,” Charles said, “at least a little bit. Let me show you the library before you go back to work. Then you can visit it whenever you want.”
The Miserable Mill, by Lemony Snicket
"The library didn't only contain magical books, the ones which are chained to the shelves and are very dangerous. It also contained perfectly ordinary books, printed on commonplace paper in mundane ink. It would be a mistake to think that they weren't also dangerous just because reading them didn't make fireworks go off in the sky. Reading them sometimes did the more dangerous trick of making fireworks go off in the privacy of the reader's brain."
Soul Music, by Terry Pratchett
"The Web is cool, but the library is magic. Where else can the spirit of generations of writers stir your soul? So many writers talk about libraries setting them on their magical paths, it's almost a groaner. But we know it's true. Wander through the stacks and you can feel the dreams, the unique worlds bubbling within each volume. The magic enters you as if by osmosis. On the Web, you may feel clever, lucky and driven to download--but rarely inspired to dream and to write."
"Who Loves You Like the Library?" by Arthur Plotnik, The Writer, November, 2003
What are your favorite quotes about books, or libraries?
Photo: "I had always imagined paradise as a kind of library." Quote by Jorge Luis Borges, from a brick in the wall at the Denver, Colo. Public Library. Taken by flickr user Paul Hagon.