James Hadley Billington was a leading American academic and author who taught history at Harvard and Princeton before serving for 42 years as CEO of four federal cultural institutions. He served as the 13th Librarian of Congress after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, and his appointment was approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate. He retired as Librarian on September 30, 2015.
|Changes do occur often with such suddenness in ways not foreseen except by isolated thinkers far removed from the consensus of their day.||Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers|
|One cannot wishfully expect automatic evolution to democracy.||Democracies & Republics|
|The United States is the only nation in the world whose entire culture was formed entirely in the age of print.||Media, Journalism & The Press|
|There were about 6,000 languages spoken on this planet at the beginning of the 20th century, there are probably only 600 still widely spoken at the beginning of the 21st century. Together with biodiversity, cultural and linguistic diversity are fading fast.||Environment & Environmentalism|
|Thomas Jefferson had the largest library of books in the world that was in the hands of a private collection.||Miscellaneous|