Writing On The Walls Of The Nation’s Library


Here’s another post related to the Library of Congress, this one from a story on NPR:

“The Library of Congress houses the nation’s vast collection of books, but those words aren’t the only ones in the building worth reading.

The white marble structure is a cathedral to the written word. Lofty inscriptions adorn the great stone columns, murals of classical figures and twining vines that decorate the Great Hall.

“Words are also actions, and actions a kind of words,” one reads.

“In books lies the soul of the whole past time,” says another.

All the inscriptions go together, says historian John Cole, author of On These Walls: Inscriptions and Quotations in the Library of Congress. Cole, who has spent more than four decades in the building, says it took him years to realize the message behind the quotations…”

The rest of the story can be found on NPR.org. On the site, you can also listen to the interview with John Cole from All Things Considered and take a virtual tour of the hallways of the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress photo by: Matti Matilda  (reproduced under Creative Commons)

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