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Denise Levertov :
the shadow of a difference falling between note and note, a hair's breadth defining them.
[Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "Claritas."]
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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).]
William Shakespeare :
To define true madness, What is't but to be nothing else but mad?
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polonius, in Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2, l. 93-4. Explaining Hamlet's madness to Claudius and Gertrude.]
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).]
Hilda Doolittle :
A snare is Love, a shame, who are maimed with Love, totter and falter and stare, lost in a world defamed.
[Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "In the Rain."]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
One definition of man is "an intelligence served by organs."
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Works and Days," Society and Solitude (1870). Emerson may have taken this definition from Louis De Bonald's Théorie de Pouvoir Politique et Religieux (1796). The French writers Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, in an entry July 30, 1861, in The Goncourt Journals (1888-1896), wrote "Man is a mind betrayed, not served, by his organs," and Aldous Huxley proposed rather that "Man is an intelligence, not served by, but in servitude to his organs" (in Themes and Variations, "Variations on a Philosopher," 1950).]
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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William Shakespeare :
O thou monster ignorance, how deformed dost thou look!
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Holofernes, in Love's Labor's Lost, act 4, sc. 2, l. 23. On Dull's inability to understand Latin.]
Herman Melville :
In their precise tracings-out and subtle causations, the strongest and fieriest emotions of life defy all analytical insight.
[Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Pierre (1852), bk. IV, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 7, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1971).]
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