“Keith’s pal Lorne Michaels told me he had seen the place when it was pretty much still a wreck, just a ramshackle old warehouse with nothing much going for it. When the brown paper came down, when Balthazar opened, he was knocked out. It put him in mind of that George S. Kaufman line, he said. ‘If God had the money, this is how he would do it."
"I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to studypainting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain."
— John Adams in a letter to his wife, 1780
“I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.”
— Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me