Have you ever done a meditation exercise? You know, the ones they do at the end of a yoga class or during at team building exercise, where you’re supposed to lie on your back, flat on the floor and empty your mind completely.
Once your mind is empty you’re supposed to imagine yourself in a safe place, a perfect scene of calm and solitude. Most people go for an empty beach, apparently. Some go for a grassy field, a mountain top or even the comfort of their own bed. Me, I’ve always imagined lying on the dusty, carpeted floor of a library. Libraries are places of deep serenity; calming and yet strangely energizing, they always feel like home.
Try it yourself. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in your favorite library where the smell of old books fills the air and the only noise is the rhythmic squeak of the libraries trolley. Now, doesn’t that feel better?
Read on for 11 quotes that prove libraries are the best places on earth.
Ray Bradbury is the author of Farenheit 451, a novel set in a dystopic future America where books are outlawed and any found are burned.
Consider this your warning.
A terrifying prospect or a thrilling one depending on your perspective. Isabel Allende wrote The House of the Spirits, an inter-generational family saga set Chile.
As the author of Ella Enchanted notes, if every book is a universe then a library is infinity.
A bit of dust never hurt anyone but I quite agree, a tidy but empty library is a sad sight.
Jorge Luis Borges passed away in 1986 so I hope his library-paradise is everything he hoped.
Here’s one for all you whovians out there. Even the oncoming storm knows what the best weapon in the world is!
Who better to bring sunken literary treasure up to the surface than Virginia Woolf. I just hope she shared her treasures with the plebeians.
The famous Ancient Library of Alexandria kind of disproves this theory but I love it nonetheless.
Hope from a poet is the most hopeful hope there is.
If only this were really true all over the world.