Serendipitous Scraps: Found Quotes

I've got a collection of paper scraps.

It's because sometimes, when I find sentences I like while I'm reading, I'll grab the nearest junk mail envelope or newspaper corner to scribble it down. I keep them stuffed in a mug that never made it to the dishwasher. 

Here's a quadrifoglio of some of my favorite sentence scraps, all of them library related.

“Libraries are about Freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about enlightenment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.”

The View From the Cheap Seats p. 10

"The Burgess sisters arrive together. Tara and Lainie do a little bit of everything. Sometimes dancers, sometimes actresses. Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated." 

The Night Circus p. 58 

“The library deeps lay waiting for them…here in the special night, a land bricked with paper and leather, anything might happen, always did."

Something Wicked This Way Comes  p. 13

The Library was still giving trouble: a few books in some of the more obscure corners of the stacks retained some autonomy, dating back to an infamous early experiment with flying books, and lately they’d begun to breed. Shocked undergraduates had stumbled on books in the very act.

                Which sounded interesting, but so far the resulting offspring had been either predictably derivative (in fiction) or stunningly boring (non-fiction); hybrid pairings between fiction and nonfiction were the most vital. The librarian thought the problem was just that the right books weren’t breeding with each other and proposed a forced mating program. The library committee had an epic secret meeting about the ethics of literary eugenics which ended in a furious deadlock.”

The Magician's Land  p. 27

“He read the Lord of the Rings for what I’m estimating the millionth time, one of his greatest loves and greatest comforts since he’d first discovered it, back when he was nine and lost and lonely and his favorite librarian had said, Here, try this, and with one suggestion changed his life.”

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

What quotes have you found? 

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