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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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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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Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even though they bring gifts. - Aeneid, The.

Virgil Quotes

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Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.

Charles Simic Quotes

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When a man can observe himself suffering and is able, later, to describe what he's gone through, it means he was born for literature.

Edwin Bourdet Quotes

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A great literature is chiefly the product of inquiring minds in revolt against the immovable certainties of the nation.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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All literature is political.

Levar Burton Quotes

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The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body.

Francis Bacon Quotes

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Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind.

Maxwell Bodenheim Quotes

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Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain.

Fawn M. Brodie Quotes

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Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.

William J. Durant Quotes

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Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates...

Francis Bacon Quotes

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Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

Smith & Jones Quotes

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Author: A fool, who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting the generations to come.

Flannery O'Connor Quotes

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Nothing but blackness aboveAnd nothing that moves but the cars...God, if you wish for our love,Fling us a handful of stars! - Caliban in the Coal Mines.

Louis Untermeyer Quotes

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If a poet has any obligation toward society, it is to write well. Being in the minority, he has no other choice. Failing this duty, he sinks into oblivion. Society, on the other hand, has no obligation toward the poet. A majority by definition, society thinks of itself as having other options than reading verses, no matter how well written. Its failure to do so results in its sinking to that level of locution at which society falls easy prey to a demagogue or a tyrant. This is society's own equivalent of oblivion.

Joseph Brodsky Quotes

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Little do such men know the toil, the pains, the daily, nightly racking of the brains, to range the thoughts, the matter to digest, to cull fit phrases, and reject the rest.

Charles Churchill Quotes

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I dare say I am compelled, unconsciously compelled, now to write volume after volume, as in past years I was compelled to go to sea, voyage after voyage. Leaves must follow upon each other as leagues used to follow in the days gone by, on and on to the appointed end, which, being truth itself, is one -- one for all men and for all occupations.

Joseph Conrad Quotes

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The average Ph.D thesis is nothing but the transference of bones from one graveyard to another.

Norman Douglas Quotes

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An understanding heart is everything is a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.

Henry Kissinger Quotes

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