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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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You, the Spirit of the Settlement! ... Not understand that America is God's crucible, the great melting-pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming! Here, you stand, good folk, think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups, with your fifty languages and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries... - Melting Pot, The.

Israel Zangwill 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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The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.

Margaret Atwood Quotes

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People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with bad.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.

Denis Diderot Quotes

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The writer in western civilization has become not a voice of his tribe, but of his individuality. This is a very narrow-minded situation.

Aharon Appelfeld Quotes

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First he wrought, and afterward he taught.

Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes

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