The Quotable Librarian 3

“I’ve been reading for 70 years, and it hasn’t been nearly long enough.”

It’s that time again! More gems from the Quotable Librarian (click here and here for previous entries). This time around, I felt a little inspiration was in store. Enjoy!


The Pagemaster (1994):


Consider this your passport to the wonderful and quite unpredictable world of books.

Toward the beginning of the film, Mr. Dewey (Christopher Lloyd) welcomes Richard Tyler (Macaulay Culkin) to the library

The Human Comedy (1943):


One day, when you learn to read, you’ll find there’s a great deal to be said for the inside of books. I’ve been reading for 70 years, and it hasn’t been nearly long enough.

The librarian (Adeline De Walt Reynolds) inspires two young boys who come into the library one day

Desk Set (1957):


Bunny: You’re certainly ambitious.

Ruthie: Well, it was hard enough getting this job, and I want to keep it.

Bunny: Just get to learn the reference library, and I’ll recommend you for a raise after the first of the year.

In a rare cinematic scene showcasing librarian collegiality, head librarian Bunny Watson (Katharine Hepburn) recognizes the hard work of new library employee Ruthie Saylor (Sue Randall)

Dear Frankie (2004):


Pick a book. Pick any book, and if we don’t have it here, I will move mountains to get it for you.

Librarian (Elaine Mackenzie Ellis) speaking to Frankie (Jack McElhone), after realizing he’s deaf

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983):


Mr. Dark:  All that time spent living only through other men’s lives. Dreaming only other men’s dreams. What a waste.

Charles:  Sometimes a man can learn more from other men’s dreams than he can from his own. Come visit me, sir, if you wish to improve your education.

The town librarian, Charles Holloway (Jason Robards) stands up to the evil Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV, 2001 – 2011):


I need to use my most important investigative tool. My library card.

~Detective Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) reveals the secret to his success in the episode “Dead” (Season 2, Episode 1, 2002)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV, 1997-2003):


He’s like Super Librarian, y’know? Everyone forgets, Willow, that knowledge is the ultimate weapon.

Xander (Nicholas Brendon) describes school librarian Giles (Anthony Head) in the episode “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date” (Season 1, Episode 5, 1997)

Sources used:


  • “Dead.” Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 2002.
  • Dear Frankie. Dir. Shona Auerbach. Perf. Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler, Sharon Small. Miramax, 2004.
  • Desk Set. Dir. Walter Lang. Perf. Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Gig Young, Joan Blondell, Dina Merrill. 20th Century Fox, 1957.
  • The Human Comedy. Dir. Clarence Brown. Perf. Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, Fay Bainter, Van Johnson, Donna Reed. Universal, 1943.
  • “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date.” Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997.
  • The Pagemaster. Dir. Joe Johnston, Maurice Hunt & Pixote Hunt. Perf. Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg. 20th Century Fox, 1994.
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes. Dir. Jack Clayton. Perf. Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Vidal Peterson, Pam Grier. Walt Disney, 1983.
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Author: Jennifer

Librarian, blogger, movie lover

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