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Books are humanity in print.

Barbara W. Tuchman Quotes

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The dancing pair that simply sought renown,By holding out to tire each other down;The swain mistrustless of his smutted face,While secret laughter titter'd round the place;The bashful virgin's side-long looks of love,The matrons glance that would those looks reprove:These were thy charms, sweet village; sports like these,With sweet succession, taught e'en toil to please;These were thy bowers their cheerful influence shed,These were thy charms -- but all these charms are fled. - Deserted Village, The.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

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You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.

Gail Godwin Quotes

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Just don't take any class where you have to read BEOWULF.

Woody Allen Quotes

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Every man's memory is his private literature.

Aldous Huxley Quotes

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The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.

Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

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The philosophy exam was a piece of cake -- which was a bit of a surprise, actually, because I was expecting some questions on a sheet of paper.

Socrates Quotes

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When the waves are round me breaking,As I pace the deck alone,And my eye in vain is seekingSome green leaf to rest upon;What would not I give to wanderWhere my old companions dwell?Absence makes the heart grow fonder,Isle of Beauty, fare thee well! - Paradise Lost.

John Milton Quotes

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You can't teach a hunter it's wrong to kill.

Hari Dass Baba Quotes

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The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean

Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

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Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

C.S. Lewis Quotes

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I made a compact with myself that in my person literature should stand by itself, of itself, and for itself.

Charles Dickens Quotes , Source: in a speech at a Liverpool Banquet

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Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

Barbara W. Tuchman Quotes

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What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.

E. M. Forster Quotes

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Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Essays--Memoirs of the Life of Scott

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Literary Men are . . . a perpetual priesthood.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Essays--State of German Literature

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Five miles meandering with mazy motion, Through dale the sacred river ran, Then reached the caverns measureless to man, And sank the tumult to a lifeless ocean: And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far Ancestral voices prophesying war!

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes , Source: Kubla Khan

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But, indeed, we prefer books to pounds; and we love manuscripts better than florins; and we prefer small pamphlets to war horses.

Isaac D'Israeli Quotes , Source: Curiosities of Literature--Pamphlets

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Time the great destroyer of other men's happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor.

Isaac D'Israeli Quotes , Source: Literary Character of Men of Genius (ch. XXII)

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Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth.

Isaac D'Israeli Quotes , Source: Literary Character of Men of Genius (ch. XXIV)

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Republic of letters.

Henry Fielding Quotes , Source: Tom Jones (bk. XIV, ch. I)

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Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry.

A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare Quotes , Source: Guesses at Truth

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All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called "Huckleberry Finn."

Ernest Hemingway Quotes , Source: Green Hills of Africa

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It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.

Ernest Hemingway Quotes , Source: Green Hills of Africa

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