What is more important in a library than anything else — is the fact that it exists.

The Premise Of Meaning, American Scholar (Washington, DC, June 5, 1972)

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The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.

"In Praise of Dissent", New York Times, 16 December 1956

Who has not heard them? They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning!

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