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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.

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The schoolmaster is abroad! And I trust to him armed with his primer against the soldier in full military array.

The schoolmaster is abroad! And I trust to him armed with his primer against the soldier in full military array.

by Jeremy Bentham Found in: Literature 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 read more

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.

by Joseph Brodsky Found in: Literature Quotes,
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I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he read more

I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties.

by Agatha Christie Found in: Literature Quotes,
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Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.

Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.

by Thomas Carlyle Found in: Literature Quotes,
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In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.

In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.

by Unknown Found in: Literature 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 read more

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.

by Francis Bacon Found in: Literature Quotes,
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All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them.

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

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A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.

A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.

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

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

by Norman Douglas Found in: Literature Quotes,
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