ASSOCIATES (2012, November, v. 19, no. 2)


We have all seen some of us use quotations and their authors at the bottom of emails.

What quote do you have on your email?

Is there a quote from an email that you thought was a good one?

Some organizations only allow corporate information in signatures. If you were allowed to use a quote, what would it be?

We all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper. Albert Einstein.
Sharne Mines, Primary and Community Health Services Library, Queensland.

Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague.
Eleanor Crumblehulme – Sue Stringfellow, Goshen High School.

Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly. Roger Ebert
Beth Reichenbach.

If the library in the morning suggests an echo of the severe and reasonably wishful order of the world, the library at night seems to rejoice in the world’s essential, joyful muddle. Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night
Catherine Walter, University of Texas.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread, only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say it is I you have been looking for, and then goes with you every where like a shadow or a friend. Naomi Shihab Nye.
Jamie Jensen, Timberland Regional Library, Washington.

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. Henry Ward Beecher
I don’t think the problem is that people don’t read enough mystery books, but that people don’t read. Thomas Perry
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. Saul Bellow.
When in doubt, go to the library. Kate Charles.
The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! Dr. Seuss.

Jody Crocker, Hale Library, Kansas.

A community without a library is like a body without a brain. Catherine Kupczyk
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln.

Gerry Deyermond, Memorial Hall Library, Massachusetts.

I’m a librarian, I don’t have to know everything. I simply have to know where to look it up. Cheryl Grom.

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. Ray Bradbury.
Chris Roberts, Nambour Christian College, Queensland.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt, 1910.
GayLynn Burchett, Avera McKennan Library, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Carl Sandburg was once asked what he thought was the ugliest word in the English language. He thought for a minute and replied, “Exclusion.”
Bess Watts, LeRoy V Good Library, Rochester, NY.

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever. Isak Dinesen.
There is but one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way. Christopher Morley.
Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out. Jack Buck.
I like nonsense — it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope… and that enables you to laugh at all of life’s realities. Theodor S. Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, they make them. George Bernard Shaw
Yesterday is a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore to this day. Sanskrit Proverb
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. Henry David Thoreau
Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. Author Unknown.

Carol Carter, Penfield Library, Penfield, NY.

We Are Paralibrarians : Hear Us Roar!
Allison Sloan, Reading Public Library, Reading, Mass.

Opinions belong exclusively to the individuals expressing them, but sharing is permitted.
Tina Gunther, Biola University, La Mirada, Calif.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. Upton Sinclair.
Trina Pundurs, University of California, Berkeley.

PowerPoint makes us stupid. Gen. James N. Mattis
Do not let the merely urgent interfere with the truly important.

Joe Ellison, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL.

Libraries are already green and always have been. We buy something and thousands of people use it. Toni Garvey, Phoenix City Librarian.
Heidi Jensen, Pioneer Library System, Canandaigua, NY.

Rule 15: Never mess with a marines coffee if you want to live – Leroy Gibbs (NCIS).
Jim Jackson, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

Never underestimate the importance of a Librarian.
Val Scott, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, UK.

I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing. William James.
Margaret Ellis, Arid Zone Research Institute, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. Cesar A.
P. Michael Bradshaw, Supreme Court of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio.

When your heart decides the destination, your mind will design the map to reach it. Mike Murdock
Why go buy a book when you can go by a Library?

A. Lynne Wall, Aurora Public Library, Aurora, IL.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa
Patricia Chapman, James A. Michener Library, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.

Nobody made a greater mistake that he who did nothing because he could only do a little. Edmund Burke
Gill Gooch

Abraham Lincoln Vs. Stephen Douglas
After Douglas called him “two-faced” during a debate:
Lincoln: “I leave it to my audience. If I had another face, do you think I would wear this one?”
Mohandas Gandhi Vs. Western Civilization
Reporter: “What do you think of Western Civilization?”
Ghandi: “I’m all for it.”

Linda Doran, University of California, Riverside.

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Horace Mann
Ginger Comstock, Arcade Free Library, Arcade, NY.

I like people who can do things. When Edward & I struggled in vain to drag our big calf into the barn, the Irish girl put her finger into the calf’s mouth, & led her in directly. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal, May 25, 1862.
Error is often more earnest than truth. Disraeli

Susan Gilmont, Guin Library, Oregon State University, Newport, OR.

Good morning! This is God. I will be handling all your problems today. I will not need your help. So have a good day! (From a greeting card.)
Soli Deo gloria! (Meaning: To God alone be the glory.)

Verna Froese, University of Kansas Libraries, Lawrence, Kansas.

DIFFERENT . . . . . . Not Less. Dr. Temple Grandin
Laura Schmidt, Oakwood Middle School, Canton, OH.

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are. Author Unknown..
We have found that a Library is not an end in itself, but a means to many ends. Charles E. Rush.
Librarians are “tour-guides for all of knowledge” Patrick Ness.

Claudia Race, Aurora Public Library, Aurora, IL.

I really didn’t realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. They are subversive. You think they’re just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They’re like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn’t mess with them. You know, they’ve had their budgets cut. They’re paid nothing. Books are falling apart. The libraries are just like the ass end of everything, right. Michael Moore.
Patricia Madden, Dartmouth High School Library, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Curiosity is free-wheeling intelligence. Alistair Cooke.
Stress is when you wake up screaming and realize you haven’t fallen asleep yet. Unknown.

Carol Mayer, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, ID.

Excellence … is a habit. Aristotle
What would a 5 or 10 percent improvement this week look like? Take that and work with it. Scott Eblin

Diann Cullen, NOAA Library, Boulder Labs, Boulder, CO

Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry. Mark Twain.
For hym was lever have at his beedes heed Twenty bookes, clad in blak or reed Of Aristotle and his philosophie Than robes riche …. Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (Prologue).

Rosemary Paprocki

In God We Trust
Deborah T. Causey, Daniel Library, The Citadel.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. Albert Einstein
Maria Carrolo

Dear girls, my friends, may you find great love within you, starlike and wild, as wide as grass, solemn as the moon. I will pray for you, if I can. Kathleen Norris’ poem “Little Girls in Church”:
When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. Erasmus.

Cynthia Long, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA .

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. William James

Michael D. Brooks, Post Learning Commons & Francis A. Drexel Library.

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. BB King.
Ruby Haider, Montgomery College Library, Rockville Campus.

The Library is the heart of the University. Charles William Eliot.
Kathleen Maxheimer, Stony Brook University, Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, Stony Brook, NY.

My lifelong love affair with books and reading continues unaffected by automation, computers, and all other forms of the twentieth-century gadgetry. Books in My Life. Robert Downs
Miriam Veale

There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them…. Mill on the Floss
You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?
I see people with Asperger’s syndrome as a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life – Tony Attwood.

Vivian Walker.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. Emerson
My life’s a soap opera…isn’t yours? Opal Gardiner Courtland, All My Children
Shared pain is lessened, shared joy is increased. Thus do we refute entropy. Spider Robinson
The serenity to accept the things i cannot change, the courage to change the things i can and the wisdom to know the difference
Meaning accumulates in the oddest of nooks and crannies of our lives, while the vast halls of public history are swept clean again and again by the winds of time. J. Barnstead
But, dammit, life’s too short to wear ugly underwear! Pat ‘Jezebel’ Kight
Anyone with a personally fulfilling lifestyle simply lives it with zest and self-focus. Celeste West

Barbara Trumpinski-Roberts, Funk Library, Urbana, Illinois.

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries! Anne Herbert.
Kathy Clevenger, Culpeper County Library, Culpeper, VA.

True happiness would be a warm puppy, and having my very own Dewey Decimal number. Jodi Lampert, Author
Robin S. Krone, Prairie Skies Public Library District, Ashland, IL.

For him that stealeth a Book from this Library, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with Palsy, and all his Members blasted. Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy and let there be no surcease to his Agony till he sink in Dissolution. Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final Punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever and aye. Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona
Jeanette L. Skwor, David A. Cofrin Library, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI.

Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. A. Lincoln, 1860
Peggy Carey, National University of Health Sciences LRC, Lombard, IL.

Outside of a dog, a book is your best friend…
but inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. O-

RitaBook ~ aka Kathleen J. Romig, The Library @ Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, PA.

An timpeallacht? – Smaoinigh air sula bpriontáileann tú an r-phost seo (Irish). (Translation. Please consider the Environment before printing this email).
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this featherbed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints. Robert Louis Stevenson.

Jason Boak, Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WI.

A winner is somebody who has given his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can, who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn’t mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means that they’ve given their best. That’s a winner. Walter Payton
Lori Wedig, UW-Platteville

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. Max Ehrmann.
Jill Baker

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. Walter Cronkite
Noelle Lindsay, Western Australia