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a fifty-something under-tall half-deaf school librarian in the jersey suburbs with two grown kids and time on her hands

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.

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Quotation is a noun. Quote is a verb. (It's a pet peeve.)


"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

"I must study politics and war that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain." John Adams 1780

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Brooks Adams 1907

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin 1759

"Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me?" Walt Disney

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it." Edmund R. Murrow

"Today I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth." Lou Gehrig

"The Establishment center...has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster - a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation." George McGovern

"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say that there are 20 gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." Thomas Jefferson

"God is subtle, but he is not malicious." 1921
"God is slick, but he ain't mean." His own re-translation, 1946
Albert Einstein

"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." Anne Herbert 1980

"First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me."
Pastor Martin Niemöller

"Imagine all the people living life in peace." John Lennon


"Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above." Rose Sayer, The African Queen

At the edge of a high cliff over a stream:
Butch Cassidy: Then you jump first.
Sundance Kid: No, I said.
Butch Cassidy: What's the matter with you?
Sundance Kid: I can't swim.
Butch Cassidy: Why you crazy, the fall will probably kill you.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

"Only Nixon could go to China." Spock, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

"Open the pod bay doors, Hal."
"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
2001, A Space Odyssey

"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz

(1) "When the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists."
(2) "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear." Jurassic Park

"Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O'Hara, that Tara, that land doesn't mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth workin' for, worth fightin' for, whorth dyin' for, because it's the only thing that lasts." Gerald O'Hara, Gone With the Wind

(1) "How do you think I feel? Betrayed, bewildered... wrong response?"
(2) "It's like riding a psychotic horse toward a burning stable."
The Birdcage

"I love the rain - it washes memories off the sidewalk of life."Play It Again, Sam

When Miles is told that he's just been awakened after sleeping for 200 years, and that everyone he knew is dead, he says "But they all ate organic rice!" Sleeper

"I'll be all around in the dark. I'll be everywhere, wherever you can look. Wherever there's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready and where people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build. I'll be there, too." Tom Joad, The Grapes of Wrath

On the Gettysburg battlefield:
[Armistead is mortally wounded.]
Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: Would like... to see General Hancock. Can you tell me... where General Hancock may be found?
Lieutenant Thomas D. Chamberlain: I'm sorry, sir. The general's down, he's been hit.
Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: No! Not both of us! Not all of us! Please, God!

"Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars." Now, Voyager

Alvy: I'm anal.
Annie: That's a polite word for what you are.
Annie Hall

"It's a mystery." Shakespeare in Love

Tacy: Aren't men wonderful?
Liz: Yes, the little dears.
The Philadelphia Story

"Badges? I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!" The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

"Insanity runs in our family. It practically gallops." Mortimer Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace

"Made it, Ma! Top o' the world!" (BOOM!) White Heat

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need ... roads."Back to the Future

"Put .. the candle .. back!" Young Frankenstein TV

On losing one's parents:
Kevin, to George, an older man: "You get over it, right?"
George: "Oh, no. But you get past it."
Touched by an Angel

"Sorry don't feed the bulldog." M*A*S*H

"Stuff your sorries in a sack, Mister!" Felix
"Boneless chicken? How did it walk?" Oscar
The Odd Couple

"Anybody seen my legs? They're about this long." Yemana, after eating hash brownies, Barney Miller

"Not the craw! The CRAW!! Get Smart


"It is a sin to write this." (Chapter I)
"I am. I think. I will." (Chapter XI)
Ayn Rand, Anthem

"It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead." Joseph Heller , Catch-22

"We are what we pretend to be. So we better be careful what we pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut , Mother Night

"I was a victim of a series of circumstances, as are we all." Kurt Vonnegut , The Sirens of Titan

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone." Henrik Ibsen , An Enemy of the People

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