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Quadruped lions are said to be savage, only when they are hungry; biped lions are rarely sulky longer than when their appetite for distinction remains unappeased.

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Rays from the sunrise drew forth the buds and stretched them into long stalks, lifted up sap in noiseless streams, opened petals, and sucked out scents in invisible jets and breathings.

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Reflect: we are well equipped, well fortified, we number 54. Fifty-four what? Men? No, MINDS–the capablest in the world; a force against which mere animal might may no more hope to prevail than may the idle waves of the sea hope to prevail against the granite barriers of England.

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Remarks are not literature.

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Republic of letters.

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Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.

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Scotland Yard still insists that the man in the grey ulster who left for Paris by the midnight train on the ninth of November was poor Basil, and the French police declare that Basil never arrived in Paris at all. I suppose in about a fortnight we shall be told that he has been seen in San Francisco. It is an odd thing, but every one who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.

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Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.

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Shall we never, never get rid of this Past? cried he, keeping up the earnest tone of his preceding conversation. It lies upon the Present like a giant’s dead body.

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She and Stephen were in that stage of courtship which makes the most exquisite moment of youth, the freshest blossom-time of passion,–when each is sure of the other’s love, but no formal declaration has been made, and all is mutual divination, exalting the most trivial word, the lightest gesture, into thrills delicate and delicious as wafted jasmine scent.

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She could not explain in so many words, but she felt that those who prepare for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.

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She felt the loss of Willoughby’s character yet more heavily than she had felt the loss of his heart . . .

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She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom!

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She knew how to allure by denying, and to make the gift rich by delaying it.

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She lifted her face to him, and he bent forward and kissed her on the mouth, gently, with the one kiss that is an eternal pledge. And as he kissed her his heart strained again in his breast. He never intended to love her. But now it was over. He had crossed over the gulf to her, and all that he had left behind had shrivelled and become void.

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She ordered a cup of tea, which proved excessively bad, and this gave her a sense that she was suffering in a romantic cause.

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She understood how much louder a cock can crow in his own farmyard than elsewhere . . .

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She was of the stuff of which great men’s mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, hated at tea parties, feared in shops, and loved at crises.

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She was perfectly quiet now, but not asleep–only soothed by sweet porridge and warmth into that wide-gazing calm which makes us older human beings, with our inward turmoil, feel a certain awe in the presence of a little child, such as we feel before some quiet majesty or beauty in the earth or sky–before a steady glowing planet, or a full-flowered eglantine, or the bending trees over a silent pathway.

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She well knew the great architectural secret of decorating her constructions, and never condescended to construct a decoration.

Jun 162013
 

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One of the hardest conditions of boyhood is the almost continuous strain put upon the powers of invention by the constant and harassing necessity for explanations of every natural act.

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One of the proud joys of the man of letters –if that man of letters is an artist is to feel within himself the power to immortalize at will anything he chooses to immortalize. Insignificant though he may be, he is conscious of possessing a creative divinity. God creates lives; the man of imagination creates fictional lives which may make a profound and as it were more living impression on the world’s memory.

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Only now it had become indispensable to him to have her face pressed close to him; he could never let her go again. He could never let her head go away from the close clutch of his arm. He wanted to remain like that for ever, with his heart hurting him in a pain that was also life to him.

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Only the more rugged mortals should attempt to keep up with current literature

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Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.’ Andre Gide

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Only two classes of books are of universal appeal. The very best and the very worst.- Ford Madox Ford

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Other relaxations are peculiar to certain times, places and stages of life, but the study of letters is the nourishment of our youth, and the joy of our old age. They throw an addition splendor on prosperity, and are the resource and consolation of adversity; they delight at home, and are no embarrassment abroad; in short, they are company to us at night, our fellow-travellers on a journey, and attendants in out rural recesses.

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‘Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature.’

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Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry.- A.W. Hare

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People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.- Chinua Achebe

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

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People have their own deaths as well as their own lives, and even if there is nothing beyond death, we shall differ in our nothingness.

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Perhaps it is that high achievements demand some other unusual qualification besides an unusual desire for high prizes . . .

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Poe was a student of many things, and among those things he read and referred to in his work was the Bible.

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Poetry is a cart for carrying ideas that are too lame to walk on their own.

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Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.’ Robert Fitzgerald

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Pray for me! I reckoned if she knowed me she’d take a job that was more nearer her size. But I bet she done it, just the same–she was just that kind. She had the grit to pray for Judus if she took the notion–there warn’t no back-down to her, I judge.

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Pride and jealousy there was in his eye, for his life had been spent in asserting rights which were constantly liable to invasion; and the prompt, fiery, and resolute disposition of the man, had been kept constantly upon the alert by the circumstances of his situation.

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Prize, oh! Haul! shouted Dan, but the shout ended in a shrill, double shriek of horror, for out of the sea came – the body of the dead Frenchman buried two days before! The hook had caught him under the right armpit, and he swayed, erect and horrible, head and shoulders above water.

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Professors of literature, who for the most part are genteel but mediocre men, can make but a poor defense of their profession, and the professors of science, who are frequently men of great intelligence but of limited interests and education

Jun 162013
 

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No more shall ye behold such sights of woe, deeds I have suffered and myself have wrought; henceforward quenched in darkness shall ye see those ye should ne’er have seen; now blind to those whom, when I saw, I vainly yearned to know.

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No one is useless in this world, retorted the Secretary, who lightens the burden of it for any one else.

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No, you are not worthy of the love which I have devoted to you. I knew all along that the prize I had set my life on was not worth the winning; that I was a fool, with fond fancies, too, bartering away my all of truth and ardour against your little feeble remnant of love. I will bargain no more: I withdraw.

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Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.

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Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.

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Now a writer can make himself a nice career while he is alive by espousing a political cause, working for it, making a profession of believing in it, and if it wins he will be very well placed. All politics is a matter of working hard without reward, or with a living wage for a time, in the hope of booty later. A man can be a Fascist or a Communist and if his outfit gets in he can get to be an ambassador or have a million copies of his books printed by the Government or any of the other rewards the boys dream about.

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Now he found out a new thing–namely, that to promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.

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O Mr. Rokesmith, before you go, if you could but make me poor again! O! Make me poor again, Somebody, I beg and pray, or my heart will break if this goes on! Pa, dear, make me poor again and take me home! I was bad enough there, but I have been so much worse here. Don’t give me money, Mr. Boffin, I won’t have money. Keep it away from me, and only let me speak to good little Pa, and lay my head upon his shoulder, and tell him all my griefs. Nobody else can understand me, nobody else can comfort me, nobody else knows how unworthy I am, and yet can love me like a little child. I am better with Pa than any one–more innocent, more sorry, more glad!

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Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.

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Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas!

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Oh, child, men’s men: gentle or simple, they’re much of a muchness.

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Oh, what a misfortune is mine, cried Bradley, breaking off to wipe the starting perspiration from his face as he shook from head to foot, that I cannot so control myself as to appear a stronger creature than this, when a man who has not felt in all his life what I have felt in a day can so command himself! He said it in a very agony, and even followed it with an errant motion of his hands as if he could have torn himself.

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Old habit of mind is one of the toughest things to get away from in the world. It transmits itself like physical form and feature . . .

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Omen? omen?–the dictionary! If the gods think to speak outright to man, they will honourably speak outright; not shake their heads, and give an old wives’ darkling hint.

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On mounting a rising ground, which brought the figure of his fellow-traveller in relief against the sky, gigantic in height, and muffled in a cloak, Ichabod was horror-struck on perceiving that he was headless!–but his horror was still more increased on observing that the head, which should have rested on his shoulders, was carried before him on the pommel of his saddle!

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On the human imagination events produce the effects of time. Thus, he who has travelled far and seen much is apt to fancy that he has lived long; and the history that most abounds in important incidents soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity.

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One cannot violate the promptings of one’s nature without having that nature recoil upon itself.

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One gets a bad habit of being unhappy.

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One learns little more about a man from his feats of literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.- Frank Moore Colby

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One of the best characters in English literature.

Jun 162013
 

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Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?

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Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.

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Mature as he was, she might yet be able to help him to the building of the rainbow bridge that should connect the prose in us with the passion. Without it we are meaningless fragments, half monks, half beasts, unconnected arches that have never joined into a man. With it love is born, and alights on the highest curve, glowing against the grey, sober against the fire.

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Men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones. They begin to tell you what’s sensible and what’s foolish, and want you to stick at home all the time. I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.

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Methinks that what they call my shadow here on earth is my true substance. Methinks that in looking at things spiritual, we are too much like oysters observing the sun through the water, and thinking that thick water the thinnest of air.

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Mine ain’t a selfish affection, you know, said Mr. Toots, in the confidence engendered by his having been a witness of the Captain’s tenderness. It’s the sort of thing with me, Captain Gills, that if I could be run over – or – or trampled upon – or – or thrown off a very high place -or anything of that sort – for Miss Dombey’s sake, it would be the most delightful thing that could happen to me.

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Misfortunes one can endure–they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one’s own faults–ah!–there is the sting of life.

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Money is a needful and precious thing, and when well used, a noble thing, but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I’d rather see you poor men’s wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace.

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Money pads the edges of things . . . .

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More people write poetry than read it.

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Mr. Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society . . .

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Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his MAKING friends–whether he may be equally capable of RETAINING them, is less certain.

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Music is a good thing; and after all that soul-butter and hogwash I never see it freshen up things so, and sound so honest and bully.

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My heart was a habitation large enough for many guests, but lonely and chill, and without a household fire. I longed to kindle one! It seemed not so wild a dream . . . .

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My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods. Time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees – my love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath – a source of little visible delight, but necessary.

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My rank is the highest known in Switzerland: I’m a free citizen.

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National literature begins with fables and ends with novels.

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Newman cast a despairing glance at his small store of fuel, but, not having the courage to say no — a word which in all his life he never had said at the right time, either to himself or anyone else — gave way to the proposed arrangement.

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Night, like a giant, fills the church, from pavement to roof, and holds dominion through the silent hours. Pale dawn again comes peeping through the windows: and, giving place to day, sees night withdraw into the vaults, and follows it, and drives it out, and hides among the dead.

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No mercy, no power but its own controls it. Panting and snorting like a mad battle steed that has lost its rider, the masterless ocean overruns the globe.

Jun 162013
 

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Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.

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Literature is the question minus the answer.

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Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.

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Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.

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Literature is without proofs. By which it must be understood that it cannot prove, not only what it says, but even that it is worth the trouble of saying it.

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Literature must become party literature. Down with unpartisan litterateurs! Down with the superman of literature! Literature must become a part of the general cause of the proletariat.

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Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers — such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a fa├žade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read.

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Literature transforms and intensifies ordinary language, deviates systematically from everyday speech. If you approach me at a bus stop and murmur Thou still unravished bride of quietness, then I am instantly aware that I am in the presence of the literary.

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Literature, as a field of glory, is an arena where a tomb may be more easily found than laurels; and as a means of support, it is the chance of chances.

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Literature, like nobility, runs in the blood.

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Literature, properly to called, draws its sap from the deep soil of human nature’s common and everlasting sympathies, the gathered leaf-mould of countless generations, and not from any top dressing capriciously scattered over the surface.

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Literature, taken in all its bearings, forms the grand line of demarcation between the human and the animal kingdoms.

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Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions.- John Morley

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London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.

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London was beginning to illuminate herself against the night. Electric lights sizzled and jagged in the main thoroughfares, gas-lamps in the side streets glimmered a canary gold or green.

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Long may it remain in this mixed world a point not easy of decision, which is the more beautiful evidence of the Almighty’s goodness–the delicate fingers that are formed for sensitiveness and sympathy of touch, and made to minister to pain and grief, or the rough hard Captain Cuttle hand, that the heart teaches, guides, and softens in a moment!

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Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter’s day, how beautiful the shadows are! Alas! it is the nature of their kind to be so. The loveliest things in life, Tom, are but shadows; and they come and go, and change and fade away, as rapidly as these!

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Love, however, is very materially assisted by a warm and active imagination: which has a long memory, and will thrive, for a considerable time, on very slight and sparing food.

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Love, though said to be afflicted with blindness, is a vigilant watchman . . .

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Marilla says that a large family was raised in that old house long ago, and that it was a real pretty place, with a lovely garden and roses climbing all over it. It was full of little children and laughter and songs; and now it is empty, and nothing ever wanders through it but the wind. How lonely and sorrowful it must feel! Perhaps they all come back on moonlit nights. . .the ghosts of the little children of long ago and the roses and the songs. . .and for a little while the old house can dream it is young and joyous again.

Jun 162013
 

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Literature has her quacks no less than medicine, and they are divided into two classes; those who have erudition without genius, and those who have volubility without depth; we shall get second-hand sense from the one, and original nonsense from the other.

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Literature is a fragment of a fragment. Of all that ever happened, or has been said, but a fraction has been written; and of this but little is extant.

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Literature is a great staff, but a sorry crutch.

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Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.’ G K Chesterton

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

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Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.

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Literature is air, and I’m suffocating in mediocrity.

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Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth.- Isaac D’Israeli

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Literature is analysis after the event.

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Literature is mostly about sex and not much about having children; and life is the other way around.

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Literature is my utopia.

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Literature is news that stays news.’

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Literature is not exhaustible, for the sufficient and simple reason that a single book is not. A book is not an isolated entity: it is a narration, an axis of innumerable narrations. One literature differs from another, either before or after it, not so much because of the text as for the manner in which it is read.

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Literature is so common a luxury that the age has grown fastidious.

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Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.- Virginia Woolf

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Literature is the daughter of heaven, who has descended upon earth to soften and charm all human ills.

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Literature is the expression of society.

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Literature is the fruit of thinking souls.

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Literature is the garden of wisdom.

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Literature is the immortality of speech.

Jun 162013
 

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Just as the office worker dreams of murdering his hated boss and so is saved from really murdering him, so it is with the author; with his great dreams he helps his readers to survive, to avoid their worst intentions. And society, without realizing it respects and even exalts him, albeit with a kind of jealousy, fear and even repulsion, since few people want to discover the horrors that lurk in the depths of their souls. This is the highest mission of great literature, and there is no other.

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Just at the age ‘twixt boy and youth, When thought is speech, and speech is truth.

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Kings cannot ennoble thee, thou good, great soul, for One who is higher than kings hath done that for thee; but a king can confirm thy nobility to men.

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Lawyers hold that there are two kinds of particularly bad witnesses–a reluctant witness, and a too-willing witness.

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Learning why one great book is just like every other great book is the key to understanding literature.- John Moschitta

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Let America add Mexico to Texas, and pile Cuba upon Canada; let the English overswarm all India, and hang out their blazing banner from the sun; two thirds of this terraqueous globe are the Nantucketer’s. For the sea is his; he owns it . . .

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Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart!

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Liberty is worth paying for . . . .

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Like many other unfortunate young people, Harvey had never in all his life received a direct order – never, at least, without long, and sometimes tearful, explanations of the advantages of obedience and the reasons for the request.

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Literary history is the great morgue where all seek the dead ones whom they love, or, to whom they are related.

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Literary Men are . . . a perpetual priesthood.

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Literary Men are a perpetual priesthood.- Thomas Carlyle

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Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose.

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Literature becomes free institutions. It is the graceful ornament of civil liberty, and a happy restraint on the asperities which political controversies sometimes occasion.

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Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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Literature bores me, especially great literature.

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Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.

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Literature exists so that where one man has lived finely ten thousand may afterward live finely.

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Literature flourishes best when it is half trade and half an art

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Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.

Jun 162013
 

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It is thus, if there is any rule, that we ought to die–neither as victim nor as fanatic, but as the seafarer who can greet with an equal eye the deep that he is entering, and the shore that he must leave.

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It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.

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It is with noble sentiments that bad literature gets written.

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It is, indeed, the season of regenerated feeling–the season for kindling, not merely the fire of hospitality in the hall, but the genial flame of charity in the heart.

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It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution.

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It swam crossways in the direction of the Nautilus with great speed, watching us with its enormous staring green eyes. Its eight arms, or rather feet, fixed to its head, that have given the name of cephalopod to these animals, were twice as long as its body, and were twisted like the furies’ hair.

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It thrilled through him when he first felt the keel answer to his hand on the spokes and slide over the long hollows as the foresail scythed back and forth against the blue sky.

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It was a harder day’s journey than yesterday’s, for there were long and weary hills to climb; and in journeys, as in life, it is a great deal easier to go down hill than up. However, they kept on, with unabated perseverance, and the hill has not yet lifted its face to heaven that perseverance will not gain the summit of at last.

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It was a soft, reposeful summer landscape, as lovely as a dream, and as lonesome as Sunday.

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It was as if, at moments, we were perpetually coming into sight of subjects before which we must stop short, turning suddenly out of alleys that we perceived to be blind, closing with a little bang that made us look at each other–for, like all bangs, it was something louder than we had intended–the doors we had indiscreetly opened.

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It was that period in the vernal quarter when we may suppose the Dryads to be waking for the season. The vegetable world begins to move and swell and the saps to rise, till in the completest silence of lone gardens and trackless plantations, where everything seems helpless and still after the bond and slavery of frost, there are bustlings, strainings, united thrusts, and pulls-all-together, in comparison with which the powerful tugs of cranes and pulleys in a noisy city are but pigmy efforts.

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It was the forty-fathom slumber that clears the soul and eye and heart, and sends you to breakfast ravening.

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It was the same dark place as ever: every room dismal and silent as it was wont to be, and every ghostly article of furniture in its customary place. The iron heart of the grim old clock, undistributed by all the noise without, still beat heavily within its dusty case; the tottering presses slunk from the sight, as usual, in their melancholy corners; the echoes of footsteps returned the same dreary sound; the long-legged spider paused in his nimble run, and, scared by the sight of men in that his dull domain, hung motionless on the wall, counterfeiting death until they should have passed him by.

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It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.

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It would presently be his task to take the bandage from this young woman’s eyes, and bid her look forth on the world. But how many generations of the women who had gone to her making had descended bandaged to the family vault? He shivered a little, remembering some of the new ideas in his scientific books, and the much-cited instance of the Kentucky cave-fish, which had ceased to develop eyes because they had no use for them.

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It’s dogged as does it. It’s not thinking about it.

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It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened.

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Its matter was not new to me, but was presented in a new aspect. It shook me in my habit – the habit of nine-tenths of the world – of believing that all was right about me, because I was used to it . . . .

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It’s so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn’t it? .

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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.

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Indeed, he seemed to approach the grave as a hyperbolic curve approaches a straight line — less directly as he got nearer, till it was doubtful if he would ever reach it at all.

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Indeed, I am very sorry to be right in this instance. I would much rather have been merry than wise.

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Inherited ideas are a curious thing, and interesting to observe and examine.

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Instead of trying to still his fears, he encouraged them, with that superstitious impression which clings to us all, that if we expect evil very strongly it is the less likely to come . . .

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Is he mad? Anyway there’s something on his mind, as sure as there must be something on a deck when it cracks.

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Is it true, what you told me jest now, that you never done a hand’s turn o’ work in all your born life? Must feel kinder awful, don’t it?

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Is Mr. Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad? And if not, is he a devil? I sha’n’t tell my reasons for making this inquiry; but I beseech you to explain, if you can, what I have married . . .

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Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?

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It appears that ordinary men take wives because possession is not possible without marriage, and that ordinary women accept husbands because marriage is not possible without possession . . .

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It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something.

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It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.

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It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched, for they are full of the truthless ideals which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real they are bruised and wounded.

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It is far safer to know too little than too much. People will condemn the one, though they will resent being called upon to exert themselves to follow the other.

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It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.- Alfred North Whitehead

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It is not that I object to the work, mind you; I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.

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It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;– it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.

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It is safer to accept any chance that offers itself, and extemporize a procedure to fit it, than to get a good plan matured, and wait for a chance of using it.

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It is the glorious doom of literature that the evil perishes and the good remains.

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It is the life in literature that acts upon life.

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It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness, to think that a thousand square miles are a thousand times more wonderful than one square mile, and that a million square miles are almost the same as heaven.

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If the most significant characteristic of man is the complex of biological needs he shares with all members of his species, then the best lives for the writer to observe are those in which the role of natural necessity is clearest, namely, the lives of the very poor.

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If you could see my legs when I take my boots off, you’d form some idea of what unrequited affection is.

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If you lived in London, where the whole system is one of false good-fellowship, and you may know a man for twenty years without finding out that he hates you like poison, you would soon have your eyes opened. There we do unkind things in a kind way: we say bitter things in a sweet voice: we always give our friends chloroform when we tear them to pieces.

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If you look at history you’ll find that no state has been so plagued by its rulers as when power has fallen into the hands of some dabbler in philosophy or literary addict.

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If you will take me for your wife, Walter, I will love you dearly. If you will let me go with you, Walter, I will go to the world’s end without fear. I can give up nothing for you – I have nothing to resign, and no one to forsake; but all my love and life shall be devoted to you, and with my last breath I will breathe your name to God if I have sense and memory left.

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If youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about us . . .

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Ignorance is the parent of fear . . .

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I’m bad, he said, pouting–been bad all the week; don’t sleep at night. The doctor can’t tell why. He’s a clever fellow, or I shouldn’t have him, but I get nothing out of him but bills.

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I’m not a bit changed–not really. I’m only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME–back here–is just the same.

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In books, the proportion of exceptional to commonplace people is very high; in reality, very low.’ Aldous Leonard Huxley

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In general, in poetry and literature, I am among those people who believe that too much is indispensable

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In old days there were angels who came and took men by the hand and led them away from the city of destruction. We see no white-winged angels now. But yet men are led away from threatening destruction: a hand is put into theirs, which leads them forth gently towards a calm and bright land, so that they look no more backward; and the hand may be a little child’s.

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In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.

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In that giddy whirl of noise and confusion, the men were delirious. Who thought of money, ruin, or the morrow, in the savage intoxication of the moment?

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In the electronic age, books, words and reading are not likely to remain sufficiently authoritative and central to knowledge to justify literature.

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In the immutability of their surroundings the foreign shores, the foreign faces, the changing immensity of life, glide past, veiled not by a sense of mystery but by a slightly disdainful ignorance; for there is nothing mysterious to a seaman unless it be the sea itself, which is the mistress of his existence and as inscrutable as Destiny.

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In the modern languages there was not, six hundred years ago, a single volume which is now read. The library of our profound scholar must have consisted entirely of Latin books.

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In the rotation of crops there was a recognised season for wild oats; but they were not to be sown more than once.

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In these days a man is nobody unless his biography is kept so far posted up that it may be ready for the national breakfast-table on the morning after his demise.

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In this world you’ve just got to hope for the best and prepare for the worst and take whatever God sends.