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Augustine Birrell Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Augustine Birrell.

Libraries are not made, they grow.
- Augustine Birrell

Related topics: History

Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
- Augustine Birrell

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

History is the great dust-heap...
a pageant and not a philosophy.
- Augustine Birrell

 

An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand
books and thenceforward have at least one place in
the world in which it is possible to be happy.
- Augustine Birrell

A conventional good read is usually a bad read,
a relaxing bath in what we know already.
A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we,
the readers, become conspirators.
- Augustine Birrell

Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course,
without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste,
surround himself with books, all in his own language,
and thence forward have at least one place in the world.
- Augustine Birrell

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Learning sleeps and snores in libraries,
but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake,
on tiptoe.
- Josh Billings

I would encourage nonproprietary standards for tools and libraries.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

I am what libraries and librarians have made me,
with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
- Heraclitus

The age of Lincoln and Jefferson memorials is over.
It will be presidential libraries from now on.
- Ada Louise Huxtable

Heroes to me are guys that sit in libraries.
They absorb knowledge and then the risks they take
are calculated on the basis of the courage it took
to become replete with knowledge.
- William Hurt

Exclusively oral cultures are unencumbered by dead knowledge,
dead facts.
Libraries, on the other hand, are full of them.
- Huston Smith

Libraries keep the records on behalf of all humanity.
the unique and the absurd, the wise and the fragments of stupidity.
- Vartan Gregorian

I've been talking about the centrality of libraries
in our information society for a while now.
- Matthew Lesko

Television and film are our libraries now.
Our history books.
- David Strathairn

Schools and libraries are the twin cornerstones of a civilized society.
Libraries are only good if people use them,
like books only exist when someone reads them.
- Nicholas Meyer

People can lose their lives in libraries.
They ought to be warned.
- Saul Bellow

If written directions alone would suffice,
libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.
- Judith Martin

We should burn all libraries and allow to remain only
that which everyone knows by heart.
A beautiful age of the legend would then begin.
- Hugo Ball

The way we've been neglecting to support our libraries
throughout the country is a shame.
- Matthew Lesko

The atmosphere of libraries, lecture rooms and laboratories
is dangerous to those who shut themselves up in them too long.
It separates us from reality like a fog.
- Alexis Carrel

In addition to that, Mono has produced a very large set of extra libraries.
- Miguel de Icaza

Libraries are where it all begins.
- Rita Dove

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
- Ray Bradbury

The justices have constitutionally protected obscenity in libraries,
filth over cable television, and now unlimited internet pornography.
- Phyllis Schlafly

Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn't rip off.
- Barbara Kingsolver

To a historian libraries are food, shelter,
and even muse.
- Barbara Tuchman

I took anatomy classes.
I went to medical libraries and talked to doctors and nutritionists.
I did the whole thing before using myself as a human guinea pig.
- Marilu Henner

What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much
do you think we spend altogether on our libraries,
public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses?
- John Ruskin

What has been happening the last four years in City
Hall is that they have been closing recreation centers,
closing libraries.
We have not looked after our children in City Hall.
- Carl Stokes

The pride and presence of a professional football team
is far more important than 30 libraries.
- Art Modell

My own perception of that is somewhat colored by where people ask my advice,
which is still, of course, about changes to Python
internals or at least standard libraries.
- Guido van Rossum

There were two free public libraries within walking distance of my home;
I remember taking six books home from every visit,
the limit set by the library.
- Martin Lewis Perl

What is also strange to me is that public libraries
have always been in the forefront of opposing censorship.
- Matthew Lesko

I think that the balance needs to be restored,
and I would note that in the camp in which I am in,
one finds libraries, universities, the Internet industry,
the manufacturers of digital media, and consumers.
- Rick Boucher

You come to work because the office is a resource:
The office is a place where you can meet with other people,
and the office has libraries of books and information
on CD-ROM that might help you with your work.
- Jay Chiat

In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print,
stay in print, and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries.
At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed
seven times as often as books by women.
- Sara Paretsky

One, I have a wonderful publisher, Black Sparrow Press;
as long as they exist,
they will keep me in print.
And they claim they sell very respectable numbers of my books,
so I guess, and it's true, every place I go,
my books are in libraries and on bookshelves.
- Diane Wakoski

This legislation gives parents some comfort that their
children won't fall prey to child predators while using
the Internet at schools and libraries that receive
federal dollars for Internet services.
- Judy Biggert

The book can produce an addiction as fierce as heroin or nicotine,
forcing us to spend much of our lives,
like junkies, in book shops and libraries,
those literary counterparts to the opium den.
- Phillip Adams

Just as we outgrow a pair of trousers,
we outgrow acquaintances, libraries,
principles,
etc., at times before they're worn out and times -
and this is the worst of all -
before we have new ones.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

We're competing with everything: the beach,
the mall, bookstores.
Libraries are in a transition right now,
caught between two forces, the old ways and technology.
Libraries are under a lot of pressure to provide both.
- John Callahan

Libraries allow children to ask questions about the
world and find the answers.
And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library,
the doors to learning are always open.
- Laura Bush

Just this week, my husband proposed a plan for schools
and libraries to develop their own plans to keep children
from finding indecent material on the Internet as an
alternative to a Congressional proposal that would
require a federally mandated solution.
- Tipper Gore

Our libraries are valuable centers of education,
learning and enrichment for people of all ages.
In recent years, libraries have taken on an increasingly important role.
today's libraries are about much more than books.
- Jodi Rell

We worship an awesome God in the Blue States,
and we don't like federal agents poking around our
libraries in the Red States.
We coach Little League in the Blue States and have
gay friends in the Red States.
- Barack Obama

We need to bridge the gap between the medical libraries and the hospital rooms;
take the information out there already,
add to it, focus it, harness it - and bring it to the
patient who was just diagnosed today.
- Bruce Vento

One of the greatest gifts my brother and I received
from my mother was her love of literature and language.
With their boundless energy, libraries open the door
to these worlds and so many others.
I urge young and old alike to embrace all that libraries have to offer.
- Caroline Kennedy

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to Dance in the Rain.
- Vivian Greene

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

It is important to do what you don't know how to do.
It is important to see your skills as keeping you
from learning what is deepest and most mysterious.
If you know how to focus, unfocus.
If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.
- Carlos Castaneda

We come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
- Angelina Jolie

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

AN INSPIRED LIFE: I HAVE A CHOICE
My key to living an inspired life involves
Embracing my history,
Understanding the function of expectations
and gently learning to have none;
Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices.
In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate
and markets and roadways and others,
I do control myself and my response
to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
- Henry David Thoreau

We learn more by looking for the answer
to a question and not finding it
than we do from learning the answer itself.
- Lloyd Alexander

True learning is not about facts,
but about conscious appreciation
of the experience of living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
- John F. Kennedy

That's what learning is, after all;
not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and h
ow we've changed because of it
and what we take away from it
that we never had before,
to apply to other games.
Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
- Richard Bach

The signs of outstanding leadership
appear primarily among the followers.
Are the followers reaching their potential?
Are they learning? Serving?
Do they achieve the required results?
Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?
- Max De Pree

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought
for with ardor and diligence.
- Abigail Adams

Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things
that made life to me glorious -
friendship and learning.
- Jane Harrison

Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
- Ambrose Bierce

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning
the instrument as one goes on.
- Samuel Butler

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary
to put all the play and learning into childhood,
all the work into middle age,
and all the regrets into old age.
- Margaret Mead

We are learning, too, that the love of beauty is one
of Nature's greatest healers.
- Ellsworth Huntington


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