James Library Building Literary Quotes

The James Library building has been home to the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts since 1970. True to its original purpose, this beautiful building is decorated with literary quotations. They are painted on walls, they appear in stained glass windows, and some are even carved into fireplace mantles.

Book Stack Gallery

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Science is organized knowledge.”Herbert Spencer with globe and telescope
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Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” Franklin with Franklin’s printing press

Foyer Gallery

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Nature is the art of God.”Sir Thomas Browne (with sheaves and plow)
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More water glideth by the mill than wots the Miller of.”Shakespeare (with mill scene)
They are never alone that are accompanied by noble thoughts.”Sidney (contained in an architectural motif with owl above)
The books that help you the most are the ones that make you think the most.”Theodore Parker
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Education is our only political safety.”Horace Mann (with “veritas” in a book)
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As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.”Coleridge (with ship on an ocean)

Madison Room

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Architecture is frozen music. “Schilling
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The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”Dionysius (with winged angel holding a lamp before a young student)
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Art is long and time is fleeting.”Longfellow
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Music is a stimulant to mental exertion.” D. Israeli (with woman holding a harp)
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.”Proverbs, Chapter 22, verse 1
Despair is the greatest of our errors.Alexander Pope
Happy is the man that findeth Wisdom and the man that getteth.”Proverbs, Chapter 3, verse 13
Order is heavens first law.Alexander Pope
God be thanked for books. They are the voices of the distant and the dead and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.”William Ellery Channing (fireplace inscription)
Use well the moment; what the hour bring for thy use is in thy power; and what thou best canst understand is just the thing lies nearest to they hand.Goethe (contained in an architectural motif with hour glass reading “tempus fugit.”)
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A good book is the best of friends the same today and forever.Alexander Pope
Man is glorious and happy not by what he has but by what he is.Alexander Pope

Trustees' Room

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The pen is mightier than the sword.”Bulwer (with an ornate pen and ink)
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Glory is acquired by virtue; but preserved by letters.”Petrarch
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Tongues in trees; Books in running brooks; Sermons in stones; and Good in everything.” Wm. Shakespeare (nature scene, surrounded by scrollwork)
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Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.E.P. Whipple (seascape with a lighthouse, surrounded by scrollwork)
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How forcible are right words.”Book of Job