If we are to triumph in the world struggle, it will be because of our ideas, not our arms, are the strongest; and books are the best package [humanity] has ever found to hold [its] ideas.
The ideals of librarianship are noble... Let us not teach librarianship as science and technique or load the curriculum with drill and drudgery. Rather it should be taught as a humane calling of service to people... The why of librarianship is more important than the how.
--- Lawrence Clark Powell, A Passion for Books (Cleveland: World, 1958), 180-1.