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The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.
Author: Anatole France

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When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.
Author: Clifton Fadiman

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What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
Author: E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951

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Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
Author: Ezra Pound

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What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us!
Author: James Russell Lowell

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A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Author: Mark Twain

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I doubt if anything learnt at school is of more value than great literature learnt by heart.
Author: Richard Livingstone

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The test of real literature is that it will bear repetition. We read over the same pages again and again, and always with fresh delight.
Author: Samual McChord Crothers

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When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can.
Author: Samuel Lover, Handy Andy, 1842

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. . . a belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

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. . . a man must not hold himself aloof from the things which his friends and his community have at heart if he would be liked . . .

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. . . A man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world.- Thomas Babington

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. . . an angry skipper makes an unhappy crew . . .

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. . . an unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.

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. . . and yet there is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.

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. . . as long as the heart beats, as long as body and soul keep together, I cannot admit that any creature endowed with a will has need to despair of life.

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. . . because truly to enjoy bodily warmth,some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.

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. . . but beauty and the lust for learning have yet to be allied.

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. . . but she took her husband’s jokes and joviality as patiently as everything else, considering that men would be so, and viewing the stronger sex in the light of animals whom it had pleased Heaven to make naturally troublesome, like bulls and turkey-cocks.

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. . . don’t you forget what’s divine in the Russian soul–and that’s resignation.

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