Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Summer’s Over: Getting Back to Books

This is Harvard's Science Library.

Today’s blog is something of a public-service message. …

Did you know that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month? Probably not.
Now that summer has slipped away, to encourage everyone to visit their local library and apply for a card -- or make the best use of the one they already have -- I’ve compiled 13 quotes about reading I hope will inspire.

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1. “To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.” -- Andre Gide
2. "Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. " -- Groucho Marx
3. My dad’s favorite: “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” -- Joseph Addison
4. “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” -- Jacqueline Kennedy
5. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.” -- Walt Disney
6. “We read to know we are not alone.” -- C. S. Lewis
7. “He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.” -- Isaac Barrow
8. “Life-transforming ideas have always come to us through books.”
-- Bell Hooks
9. “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
-- Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
10. “The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things.”
-- Umberto Eco, “The Name of the Rose.”
11. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” -- Frederick Douglass
12. “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” -- Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables”
13. “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
-- Harry S. Truman

Happy Reading!


  1. I like #8 but I am not a book reader but I like books. Maybe I am lazy enough to read. happy T13. My husband is a book lover, reader and a writer.

  2. Love #12 (or is that really #13?). I like it so much, tomorrow I plan to share it with my book-worm of a son. :-)

  3. I actually did know this! Love the quotes - I've seen a few of these before, but a couple were new.

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  4. Fantastic quotes! We are constantly maxed out on our library cards, and visiting one of the area branches at least once a week is a great free entertainment.

    Calico Contemplations

  5. I like Dr. Suess's quote Sam I am!!

    My Thursday 13 [scroll below my Thursday Thunks] post is now published. It's a fun quiz for you with a PRIZE I made to grab-- if you win!! If you have time....would appreciate your visit. Have a great day.

  6. I loved all of these quotes! Book lovers unite!

  7. Funny quotes, I love n° 2, inside the dog it's dark, hahaha !

  8. life's journey,
    I like Dr. Seuss too. Thanks for visiting.
    My son's a book-worm too. Grin.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  9. I'll bet this is library card month because it is back to school time.
    I love Truman's quote.

  10. kandyblossom and Hootin' Anni,
    It's great to connect with other Seuss fans. Thanks.

    Calico Crazy,
    Hooray for libraries and library cards. I don't max my out often, but it's used on a regular basis--there's so much good stuff at the library!

  11. Maybe that's what was wrong with President Bush. He said he didn't read.

    I like your dad's best too.

  12. Country Dew,
    I'm with you! Book-lovers unite.

    Yeah, I liked the one about the dog too.

    Ella Drake,
    Yeah, I think school starting makes it a good month to plug library cards. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. These are all great quotes. Thanks!
    Happy T13!

  14. These are great. I especially love #13. Happy Thursday!

  15. The Groucho Marx one made me laugh.

    The Isaac Barrow one made me smile.

  16. Love ALL these quotes and may 'borrow' a few to share on my blogs over the next few days and weeks if you don't mind ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  17. "The Doctor: You want weapons, we're in a library. Books! Best weapons in the world. (dons a pair of glasses) This room is the greatest arsenal we can have!"

    Yes. From Doctor Who episode: Tooth and Claw.

    And, as a Librarian, I saw thank you for your support.

  18. Great quotes. The Doctor Seuss one made me laugh. I love to read. I wish I had more time to read.

  19. Adelle Laudan,
    Thanks. I appreciate your comment.

  20. Stephanie Adkins,
    I like 13 too, but then I'm a reader.

  21. Julia Smith,
    I might have guessed you'd like that one, knowing how much you enjoy reading. Grin.

  22. Happily Retired Gal,
    Feel free. I'm flattered.

  23. J. Lynne,
    Thanks. I'm a Seuss fan too.

  24. Celticlibrarian,
    Thanks for the Dr. Who quote. I'll have to share it with my husband, an avid fan of the Doctor. I'm glad to support libraries as I'm a huge fan of them.

  25. Shelley Munro,
    Thanks for visiting. I too wish I had more time to read.

  26. Library Card Sign-up month? Oh, I love it. I use my card, not as faithfully as I used to, now that I trade books online. But I do still use it!

  27. My card is well worn and I'm working on getting my husband's card to be well used by him as well. I remember a library card was the first thing I ever had all my own - I must have been all of 6? I was so proud of it I asked my mom if we could go buy me a wallet to keep it in. I am a firm believer in #11.

  28. Had heard many of these, but not the one by Frederick Douglass. My son is reading about him now in his English class. I love to read!

  29. Susan Helene Gottfried,
    I visit the library all the time, but I also trade books as well. There are so many good reads out there.

  30. The Bumbles,
    Yeah, I was proud to get my first library card too. I think I might still have it. Grin.

    It's cool when we can share our love of reading with our children.

  31. No. 7 is true to me. No. 4 - I think my parents have succeeded in that. I love books with a passion. And I enjoyed your list. Thanks for sharing, and oh, thanks for giving us a peek of the Harvard Science library. That honestly delighted me!

  32. “He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.” -- Isaac Barrow


  33. Hazel,
    I share your love of reading and I'm glad you liked peeking into Harvard's Science Library. I did too.

  34. Americanising Desi,
    I'm with you. Thanks.

  35. I go haywire if I don't have a book to's like loosing a limb...I just don't know what to do with myself.

  36. One of the lost arts in today's world - reading! Thank you for sharing such great quotes :)

    Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the globe. I hope you will visit again soon!

  37. Palmela M. Kramer,
    I like #13 too. Thanks for stopping by.

    I'm with you. I always need a book too.

  38. J-Dawg's Realm,
    I'm hoping reading's a re-discovered art. Grin. Thanks for commenting.

  39. Hi Brenda - just wanted to follow-up with you this week and let you know that we gave you a shout-out in our Thursday 13 this week: