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

Robert Fitzgerald Quotes

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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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I would live to study, and not study to live.

Francis Bacon 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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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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The great Creator to revereMust sure become the creature;But still the preaching cant forbear,And ev'n the rigid feature:Yet ne'er with wits profane to rangeBe complaisance extended;An atheist laugh's a poor exchangeFor deity offended. - Epistle to a Young Friend, An.

Robert Burns Quotes

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Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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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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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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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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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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The death of Dr. Hudson is a loss to the republick of letters.

William King Quotes , Source: Letter

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. . . A man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world.

Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes , Source: On Sir William Temple

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The republic of letters. [Fr., La republique des lettres.]

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: Le Mariage force (sc. 6)

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There is first the literature of knowledge, and secondly, the literature of power. The function of the first is--to teach; the function of the second is--to move, the first is a rudder, the second an oar or a sail. The first speaks to the mere discursive understanding; the second speaks ultimately, it may happen, to the higher understanding or reason, but always through affections of pleasure and sympathy. - Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater"),

Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater") Quotes , Source: Essays on the Poets--Alexander Pope

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The fashion of liking Racine will pass away like that of coffee. [Fr., La mode d'aimer Racine passera comme la mode du cafe.]

Mme. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal de Sevigne Quotes , Source: according to Voltaire, "Letters", Jan 29, 1690, connecting two of her remarks to make one

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Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness.

Georges Simenon Quotes , Source: in an interview, in the "Paris Review"

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We cultivate literature on a little oat-meal.

Sydney Smith Quotes , Source: Lady Holland's Memoir (vol. I, p. 23)

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