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A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.

Anonymous 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.

Anon. Quotes

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All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them.

Richard Hughes Quotes

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Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.

Jules Renard Quotes

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When I give a lecture, I accept that people look at their watches, but what I do not tolerate is when they look at it and raise it to their ear to find out if it stopped.

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Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton Quotes

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The essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything.

Aldous Huxley Quotes

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One learns little more about a man from his feats of literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.

Frank Moore Colby Quotes

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If you look at history you'll find that no state has been so plagued by its rulers as when power has fallen into the hands of some dabbler in philosophy or literary addict.

Desiderius Erasmus Quotes

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They castrate the books of other men in order that with the fat of their works they may lard their own lean volumes.

Jovius Quotes

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A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.

Max Eastman Quotes

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

Robert Fitzgerald Quotes

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A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.

Walter Bagehot Quotes

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There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.

Allan Bloom Quotes

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Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism... the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young.

Henry S. Canby Quotes

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Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.

Russell Green 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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A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

B.f. Skinner Quotes

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This book fills a much-needed gap.

Oliver Herford Quotes

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From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.

André Maurois Quotes

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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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For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,And breathed in the face of the foe as he pass'd;And the eyes of the sleepers wax'd deadly and chill,And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still! - Destruction of Sennacherib, The.

George Gordon Byron Quotes

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I am grieved that it should be said he is my brother, and take these courses. Well, as he brews, so shall he drink, for George again. Yet he shall hear on't, and tightly, too, an' I live, i'faith. - Every Man In His Humor.

Ben Johnson Quotes

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But wherefore thou alone? Wherefore with theeCame not all hell broke loose? Is pain to themLess pain, less to be fled, or thou than theyLess hardy to endure? Courageous chief,The first in flight from pain, hadst thou allegedTo thy deserted host this cause of flight,Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive. - Paradise Lost.

John Milton Quotes

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Here at lastWe shall be free;the Almighty hath not builtHere for his envy, will not drive us hence:Here we may reign secure, and in my choiceTo reign is worth ambition though in Hell:Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven. - Paradise Lost.

John Milton Quotes

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