Monday, April 11, 2016

National Libraries Week: Preserving Liberty

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right. . . and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, and indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.”
—John Adams*

Butterfly bookplate by Cavallini & Co. via TwoHandsPaperie

*from A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law (1765). Quoted in The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations,edited by Antony Jay (Oxford University Press: New York, 1996) via ALA

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