Monday, November 19, 2007

Jewish Quotes about Books, Reading & Libraries

Cover your bookcases with rugs and linens of fine quality; preserve them from dampness and mice and injury; for it is your books that are your true treasure.

~ Ibn Tibbon 1120-1190? Spanish Jewish Scholar

Never refuse to lend books to anyone who cannot afford to purchase them, but lend books only to those who can be trusted to return them.

~ Ibn Tibbon 1120-1190? Spanish Jewish Scholar

If you have one child who does not like to lend books, and another child who does, leave your library to the second, even if that child is younger.

~ Judah of Regensburg, Sefer Hasidim13th century, work on ethics

Books should be placed in stately array near the dead, so that the souls of the righteous may in death study as they did on earth.

~ Judah of Regensburg, Sefer Hasidim13th century, work on ethics

If you drop gold and books, pick up the books first, then the gold.

~ Anonymous

My pen is my harp and my lyre; my library is my garden and my orchard.

~ Judah Ha-LeviSpanish Poet, Physician

Make books your companions; let your bookshelves be your gardens: bask in their beauty, gather their fruit, pluck their roses, take their spices and myrrh. And when your soul be weary, change from garden to garden, and from prospect to prospect.

~ Ibn Tibbon, c. 1120-1190 ? Spanish Jewish scholar

Three possessions should you prize: a field, a friend, and a book.

~ Hai Gaon, Head of Bet Din in 998; Wrote commentaries on Torah and Talmud until his death at age 99.

None is poor save him that lacks knowledge.

~ The Talmud

Books lead us into the society of those great men with whom we could not otherwise come into personal contact. They bring us near to the geniuses of the remotest lands and times. A good library is a place, a palace, where the lofty spirits of all nations and generations meet.

~ Samuel Niger, Gathered Works 1928

My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free.

~ Actor Kirk Douglas (did you know he's Jewish?)

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