Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed. ~Charles Medawar
(I would like to add traditionally underpaid.)
Way back in July I did a whole post on things that have been said about librarians. Here are a few of my favorites.
[Librarians] 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.
(I've always said that we were subtly subversive. It is best never to mess with us. I firmly believe that Dewey made up that stupid classification system just to screw with people's heads. I mean really folks, it makes no sense.)
"Libraries are brothels for the mind. Which means that librarians are the madams, greeting punters, understanding their strange tastes and needs, and pimping their books."
(The Guardian column, 18 October 2003. Submitted by Lynette in Queensland)
(I pimp books. I love it. Except I'm not your typical librarian. I put historic stuff up on the internet. I guess that means that I pimp old stuff. I'm a purveyor of history. I like that better. Pimping old stuff sort of sounds like I pimp the elderly. The image in my head of elderly ladies turning tricks just creeps me out. Not to mention toothless old guys. Ewwwww.... Explaining to an octogenarian that no tongue kissing is allowed......well, uncomfortable.)
"For a well-rounded education, you could try curling up with good books and bad librarians". --Richard Needham
(JR is getting a t-shirt with this saying on it because there is nothing he likes better. )
"Perhaps the two most valuable and satisfactory products of American civilization are the librarian on the one hand and the cocktail in the other". --Louis Stanley Jast
(JR agrees whole heartedly with this sentiment. Most evenings he has a librarian on one hand and a cocktail in the other. The Boy tends to spend a lot of time telling us to "get a room").
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read".
— Groucho MARX
Heard any good comments about libraries or librarians?