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Nietzsche’s Moral and Political Philosophy
Herman Ferguson Interview June 24 He is the author of fifteen books and was the editor of the quarterly journal Souls. Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.
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Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one. I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book. Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. The dissemination of knowledge is one of the cornerstones of civilization.
It is impossible to enter a large library… without feeling an inward sensation of reverence, and without catching some sparks of noble emulation, from the mass of mind which is scattered around you.
I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now — only that place where the books are kept. The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries. I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking something up and finding something else on the way. It is impossible to commit a crime while reading a book. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.
As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her. A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind.
Knowledge has a peculiar quality. When you give it away, you still have it.
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A good library will never be too neat or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them. People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. If you want to get laid, go to college.
If you want an education, go to the library. If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone. When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began. You want weapons? Books, best weapons in the world. This room is the greatest arsenal we could have.
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