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Arsenals Of A Democratic Culture by Sidney…

Arsenals Of A Democratic Culture (1947)

by Sidney Ditzion

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***In our country's first year of war, we have seen the growing power of books as weapons... This is proper, for a war of ideas can no more be won without books than a naval war can be won without ships. Books, like ships, have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range, and mount the most powerful guns. I hope that all who write and publish and sell and administer books will rededicate themselves to the single task of arming the mind and spirit of the American people with the strongest and most enduring weapons. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

***Libraries are directly and immediately involved in the conflict which divides our world, and for two reasons; first, because they are essential to the functioning of a democratic society; second, because the contemporary conflict touches the integrity of scholarship, the freedom of the mind, and even the survival of culture, and libraries are the great tools of scholarship, the great repositories of culture, and the great symbols of the freedom of the mind. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

***Literature in itself is but a trifling matter; and is merely valuable as being the armory in which the weapons of the human mind are laid up, and from which, when required, they can be quickly drawn. -Buckle- History of Civilization in England
To Grace, and to the New York Public Library where I first met her.
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English ways may not have been immediately discernible in the aspects they assumed in the new world, but they were nevertheless strongly in evidence here, and only the ultranationalist or the Anglophobe would deny their presence.
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