Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


A library is but the soul’s burial-ground. It is the land of shadows.
Henry Ward Beecher.—Star Papers: Oxford, Bodleian Library.

I look upon a library as a kind of mental chemist’s shop, filled with the crystals of all forms and hues which have come from the union of individual thought with local circumstances or universal principles.
Holmes.—The Professor at the Breakfast Table, Chap. I.

I love vast libraries, yet there is a doubt
If one be better with them or without—
Unless he use them wisely, and, indeed,
Knows the high art, what and how to read.
John G. Saxe.—The Library.