Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

May Hill Arbuthnot

American Educator, Editor, Writer, Professor and Critic who devoted her career to the awareness of children's literature.

"Books are no substitute for living, but they can add immeasurably to its richness. When life is absorbing, books can enhance our sense of its significance. When life is difficult, they can give us momentary release from trouble or a new insight into our problems, or provide the hours of refreshment we need."

"I am a strong believer in the efficacy of direct speech.... a forthright vigorous lecture can set fire to a piece of literature that had failed to come to life from the printed page."

"Libraries are the repository for our cultural heritage."