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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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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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Literature is the question minus the answer.

Roland Barthes 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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How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.

Tryon Edwards Quotes

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You, the Spirit of the Settlement! ... Not understand that America is God's crucible, the great melting-pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming! Here, you stand, good folk, think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups, with your fifty languages and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries... - Melting Pot, The.

Israel Zangwill Quotes

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A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.

Cicero Quotes

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Do not worry about the incarnation of ideas. If you are a poet, your works will contain them without your knowledge -- they will be both moral and national if you follow your inspiration freely.

Vissarion Belinsky Quotes

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

Woody Allen Quotes

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Books are humanity in print.

Barbara W. Tuchman Quotes

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The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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If someone had told me I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder.

Joseph Joubert 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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Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.

Thornton Wilder Quotes

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First he wrought, and afterward he taught.

Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes

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A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.

Thomas Carruthers Quotes

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Poetry is life distilled.

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

Ernest Hemingway Quotes , Source: Green Hills of Africa

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Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.

Robert Fitzgerald Quotes

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