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Beauty is but a flower,Which wrinkles will devour;Brightness falls from the air;Queens have died young and fair;Dust hath closed Helen's eye.I am sick, I must die;Lord have mercy on us. - Song in Time of Pestilence.

Thomas Nash Quotes

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'Humph!' grunted Mr. Romford, seeing his worst fears about to be realized. He had dreamt that he had timbled over a poodle in the drawing-room, and squirted a bottle of porter right into a lady's face. 'Who's goin' besides ourselves?' asked Romford, wishing to know the worst at once. 'Better be killed than frightened to death,' thought he. - Mr. Facey Romford's Hounds.

Robert Smith Surtees Quotes

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Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.

Cyril Connolly Quotes

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The walls are the publishers of the poor.

Eduardo Galeano Quotes

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Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

Andre Gide Quotes

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In books, the proportion of exceptional to commonplace people is very high; in reality, very low.

Aldous Huxley Quotes

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The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.

Samuel Johnson Quotes

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Literature is my utopia.

Helen Keller Quotes

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The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.

Stephen Leacock Quotes

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Literature is mostly about sex and not much about having children; and life is the other way around.

David Lodge Quotes

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A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.

Don Marquis Quotes

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In literature as in love we are astounded by what is chosen by others.

Andre Maurois Quotes

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Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.

Ezra Pound Quotes

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Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse.

Joseph Roux Quotes

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The universe is made up of stories, not of atoms.

Muriel Rukeyser Quotes

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A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.

Stendhal Quotes

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Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of a man -- the biography of the man himself cannot be written.

Mark Twain Quotes

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Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.

Jessamyn West Quotes

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Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.

Thornton Wilder Quotes

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In the history of literature there are many great enduring works which were not published in the lifetimes of the authors. If the authors had not achieved self-affirmation while writing, how could they have continued to write? - Nobel Lecture 2000.

Gao Xingjian Quotes

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English literature is a kind of training in social ethics. English trains you to handle a body of information in a way that is conducive to action.

Marilyn Butler Quotes

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In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.

Northrop Frye Quotes

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Perish those who said our good things before we did.

Donatus Quotes

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Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

John Cotton Dana Quotes

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Education is the state-controlled manufacture of echoes.

Alexandre Dumas Fils Quotes

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