The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight.
(Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978), U.S. art critic, author. repr. As Discovering the Present, introduction (1973). "The Cultural Situation Today," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, New Jersey, Summer 1972).)
... the novelist is bound by the reasonable possibilities, not the probabilities, of his culture.
(Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. Mystery and Manners, part 5 (1969).
From "Novelist and Believer," a paper given in March 1963 at a symposium at Sweet Briar College, Virginia.)