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Books are humanity in print.

Barbara W. Tuchman 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving.

Shecky Greene Quotes

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Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!A farewell, and then forever!Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,While the star of hope she leaves him?Me, nae cheerful twinkle lights me,Dark despair around benights me. - Ae Fond Kiss.

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

Robert Louis Stevenson 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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