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Paul Goodman :
Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.
[Paul Goodman (1911-1972), U.S. literary critic, author. repr. In Creator Spirit Come (1977). "Obsessed by Theatre," Nation (New York, Nov. 29, 1958).]
Herman Melville :
Surely no mere mortal who has at all gone down into himself will ever pretend that his slightest thought or act solely originates in his own defined identity.
[Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Pierre (1852), bk. X, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 7, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1971).]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
Government exists to defend the weak and the poor and the injured party; the rich and the strong can better take care of themselves.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Address Delivered in Concord on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies, August 1, 1844," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).]
Gertrude Stein :
Argument is to me the air I breathe. Given any proposition, I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.
[Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "The Radcliffe Manuscripts," Form and Intelligibility, Exposition Press, ed. Rosalind S. Miller (1949). Undergraduate composition at Radcliffe College, 1895.]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
It is said, no man can write but one book; and if a man have a defect, it is apt to leave its impression on all his performances.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).]
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Jonathan Swift :
The want of belief is a defect that ought to be concealed when it cannot be overcome.
[Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Thoughts on Religion (1768).]
Henry David Thoreau :
The solid and well-defined fir-tops, like sharp and regular spearheads, black against the sky, gave a peculiar, dark, and sombre look to the forest.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Chesuncook" (1858) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 121, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Thomas Hardy :
It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
[Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Bathsheba, in Far from the Madding Crowd, ch. 51 (1874).]
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Charles Baudelaire :
The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated.
[Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. Little Poems in Prose (Paris Spleen), "The Confiteor of the Artist," (1862).]
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge :
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order;Mpoetry = the best words in the best order.
[Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 14, ed. Kathleen Coburn (1990). Table Talk, July 12, 1827, published in Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Henry Nelson Coleridge (1835).]
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