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Beneath the rule of men entirely great, / The pen is mightier than the sword.

G. K. Chesterton Quotes

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After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.

Montesquieu Quotes

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Yet ah! why should they know their fate?Since sorrow never comes too late,And happiness too swiftly flies.Thought would destroy their paradise.No more; where ignorance is bliss,'Tis folly to be wise. - Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College.

Thomas Gray Quotes

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Literature is a power to be possessed, not a body of objects to be studied.

Anon. 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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I can find my biography in every fable that I read.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives its inspiration.

James Connolly Quotes

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We read poetry because the poets, like ourselves, have been haunted by the inescapable tyranny of time and death; have suffered the pain of loss, and the more wearing, continuous pain of frustration and failure; and have had moods of unlooked-for release and peace. They have known and watched in themselves and others.

Elizabeth Drew Quotes

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The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.

James Fenton Quotes

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For the high achievers, studying gave them the pleasing, absorbing challenge o flow 40 percent of the hours they spent at it. But for low achievers, studying produced flow only 16 percent of the time; more often that not, it yielded anxiety, with the demands outreaching their abilities.

Daniel Goleman Quotes

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A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.

Howard Crosby Quotes

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There is no human reason why a child should not admire and emulate his teacher's ability to do sums, rather than the village bum's ability to whittle sticks and smoke cigarettes. The reason why the child does not is plain enough -- the bum has put himself on an equality with him and the teacher has not.

Floyd Dell Quotes

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The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

Robertson Davies 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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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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University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

Bob Perelman Quotes

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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

G. K. Chesterton Quotes

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Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.

Tom Clancy Quotes

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If the radiance of a thousand sunsWere to burst at once into the skyThat would be like the splendor of the Mighty one --I am become Death,The shatterer of Worlds. - Bhagavad Gita.

Hindu Spiritual 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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And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. - Isaiah 2:4.

Isaiah Quotes

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Accuse not nature, she hath done her part;Do thou but thine, and be not diffidentOf wisdom, she deserts thee not, if thouDismiss not her, when most thou needest her nigh,By attributing overmuch to thingsLess excellent, as thou thyself perceivest. - Paradise Lost.

John Milton Quotes

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What passing bells for these who die as cattle?Only the monstrous anger of the guns.Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattleCan patter out their hasty orisons. - Anthem for Doomed Youth.

Wilfred Owen Quotes

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If thou shouldst never see my face again,Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayerThan this world dreams of. - The Passing of Arthur.

Lord Alfred Tennyson Quotes

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I hold it true,what'er befall;I feel it, when I sorrow most;'Tis better to have loved and lostThan never to have loved at all. - In Memoriam.

Lord Alfred Tennyson Quotes

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