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Geoffrey Chaucer :
And therfore, at the kynges court, my brother, Ech man for hymself, ther is noon oother.
[Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), British poet. The Canterbury Tales, Arcite, in "The Knight's Tale," l. 1181-2 (c. 1387-1400), repr. In The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Alfred W. Pollard, et al. (1898).]
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Audre Lorde :
Advocating the mere tolerance of difference between women is the grossest reformism. It is a total denial of the creative function of difference in our lives. Difference must be not merely tolerated, but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic.
[Audre Lorde (1934-1992), African American poet, autobiographer, and lesbian feminist. Sister Outsider, ch. 11 (1984). From comments made on September 29, 1979, at the Second Sex Conference in New York City.]
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William Shakespeare :
He is himself alone, To answer all the city.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 1st Soldier, in Coriolanus, act 1, sc. 4, l. 51-2. On Caius Marcius, who has fought his way alone into the city of Corioli.]
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Allen Ginsberg :
who cooked rotten animals lung heart feet tailborscht & tortillas dreaming of the pure vegetable kingdom,
[Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Howl (l. 52). . . Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1980 (1984) Harper and Row.]
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John Milton :
Hail wedded love, mysterious law, true source Of human offspring, sole propriety, In paradise of all things common else. By thee adulterous lust was driven from men Among the bestial herds to range, by thee Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure, Relations dear, and all the charities Of father, son, and brother first were known. Far be it, that I should write thee sin or blame, Of think thee unbefitting holiest place, Perpetual fountain of domestic sweets, Whose bed is undefiled and chaste pronounced, Present, or past, as saints and patriarchs used. Here love his golden shafts employs, here lights His constant lamp, and waves his purple wings, Reigns here and revels; not in the bought smile Of harlots, loveless, joyless, unendeared, Casual fruition, nor in court amours Mixed dance, or wanton mask, or midnight ball, Or serenade, which the starved lover sings To his proud fair, best quitted with disdain. These lulled by Nightingales embracing slept, And on their naked limbs the flowery roof Showered roses, which the morn repaired. Sleep on, Blest pair; and O yet happiest if ye seek No happier state, and know to know no more.
[John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Paradise Lost (l. Bk. IV, l. 750-775). . . The Complete Poetry of John Milton. John T. Shawcross, ed. (1963, rev. ed. 1971) Doubleday.]
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Henry David Thoreau :
They made on me the impression, not of many individuals, but of one vast centipede of a man, good for all sorts of pulling down; and why not then for some kinds of building up? If men could combine thus earnestly, and patiently, and harmoniously to some really worthy end, what might they not accomplish? They now put their hands, and partially perchance their heads together, and the result is that they are the imperfect tools of an imperfect and tyrannical government. But if they could put their hands and heads and hearts and all together, such a cooperation and harmony would be the very end and success for which government now exists in vain,—a government, as it were, not only with tools, but stock to trade with.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Yankee in Canada" (1853), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 17, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Gwendolyn Brooks :
For youth is a frail thing, not unafraid. Firstly inclined to take what it is told. Firstly inclined to lean. Greedy to give Faith tidy and total. To a total God.
[Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917), U.S. poet. "Firstly inclined to take what it is told."]
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Andrew Marvell :
For I so truly thee bemoane, That I shall weep though I be Stone: Until my Tears, still drooping, wear My breast, themselves engraving there. There at me feet shalt thou be laid, Of purest Alabaster made: For I would have thine Image be White as I can, though not as Thee.
[Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), British poet. The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn (l. 115-122). . . The Complete Poems [Andrew Marvell]. Elizabeth Story Donno, ed. (1972, repr. 1985) Penguin.]
Robert Penn Warren :
Huckleberry Finn is a companion piece to Tom Sawyer, but a companion piece in reverse, a mirror image; it is the American un-success story, the story that had been embodied in Leatherstocking, proclaimed by Thoreau, and was again to be embodied in Ike McCaslin of Faulkner's The Bear, the drama of the innocent outside of society. Tom's story ends once he has been reclaimed by society, but Huck's real story does not even begin until he has successfully penetrated the world of respectability and, in the well-meaning clutches of the Widow and Miss Watson, begins to chafe under the ministrations.
[Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), U.S. poet, critic, novelist. "Mark Twain," New and Selected Essays, Random House (1981).]
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Herman Melville :
Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.
[Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi: and a Voyage Thither, ch. 63 (1849).]
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