New York Libraries, Volumen2

University of the State of New York, 1909

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Página 11 - How beautiful she is] How fair She lies within those arms, that press Her form with many a soft caress Of tenderness and watchful care! Sail forth into the sea, O ship!
Página 162 - To promote the adoption of scientific methods of accounting and of reporting the details of municipal business with a view to facilitating the work of public officials.
Página 255 - ... the library shall be located, out of what it shall be built, and the library buildings are many which were planned and erected before it became the fashion to let librarians have even as little to say about the interior as they now may. The library may not be housed in the city hall, a school house, in residence houses left as legacies, or in any building not primarily made for library purposes without serious administrative waste and loss of efficiency, and, more important still, without robbing...
Página 227 - That tinkle in the wither'd leaves below. Stillness, accompanied with sounds so soft, Charms more than silence. Meditation here May think down hours to moments. Here the heart May give a useful lesson to the head, And learning wiser grow without his books.
Página 7 - great impartial artists" of whom M. Taine speaks, differs from Fielding's in a more serious sense. The highest morality of a great work of art depends upon the power with which the essential beauty and ugliness of virtue and vice are exhibited by an impartial observer. The morality, for example, of Goethe and Shakespeare appears in the presentation of such characters as lago and Mephistopheles. The insight of true genius shows us by such examples what is the true physiology of vice ; what is the...
Página 11 - has my author ever read Byron and Moore, Hume and Paine, Scott, Bulwer and Cooper ? Yes, he has read them ally and with too much care. He knows every rock and every quicksand. And he solemnly declares to you, that the only good which he is conscious of ever having received from them is, a deep impression that men who possess talents of such compass and power, and so perverted in...
Página 255 - The state and municipal fiscal machinery affords enough checks to extravagant appropriating without arbitrary and antiquated provisions in the organic and statute law. There is no recognized tax rate, expressed in mills, which by general agreement represents a fair, generous or proper appropriation for public library purposes. There never can be such a rate. Assessed valuations vary widely among the states. The rate in one state will produce twice as much money on the same valuation as in another....
Página 9 - ... in a book condemns it; while, on the other hand some would admit books whose atmosphere reeks with evil; whose bad characters live bad lives and speak bad thoughts, so long as the writer in his own person, does not commend evil or teach that it is good. Both these extremes are to be avoided. Surely we have outlived the idea that innocence and ignorance are the same thing. "You can't touch pitch," says the proverb, "and not be defiled.
Página 87 - Johnson was seventy-four years of age. said he, " that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are the most useful after all.
Página 256 - ... blame should be discriminating and informed. Public men and influential citizens should be ready to say a good word for the library whenever it is deserved and equally ready to lend a hand and render it a service when help is necessary, for a library, like most public institutions, will have its ups and downs, depending usually upon the personality and power of the librarian and the most interested and influential men on its board.

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