“Now, public libraries are most admirable institutions, but they have one irritating custom. They want their books back.” Cecil B. Demille


  1. This reminds me of a Jack Benny gag:
    Librarian: “There is a 10-cent fine for each day your book is late.”
    Jack B: “I pay you 10 cents a day if the book is late?” [thinks about it] “So if I return the book early…”

  2. Before I even finished reading this quote on my Feedly, I was thinking “Surely this must be a Vickie Lester post.” And sure enough…

    And in related news, I’d love to see Cecil’s pharaonic bookplate.
    Also, ten points for using “pharaonic” in a sentence.)

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