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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).]
Jane Rule :
As a writer, I must be free to say what is in all the diversity I can command. I regret the distorting prejudices that surround me, whether they affect homosexuals or men or the physically handicapped and I can't alone defeat them. They will not defeat me, either as a lesbian or a writer.
[Jane Rule (b. 1931), Canadian lesbian, feminist, fiction writer, and essayist; born in the U.S. A Hot-Eyed Moderate, part 1 (1985).]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
A man must thank his defects, and stand in some terror of his talents. A transcendent talent draws so largely on his forces as to lame him; a defect pays him revenues on the other side.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).]
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry :
The injustice of defeat lies in the fact that its most innocent victims are made to look like heartless accomplices. It is impossible to see behind defeat, the sacrifices, the austere performance of duty, the self-discipline and the vigilance that are there—those things the god of battle does not take account of.
[Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 15 (1942).]
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Vance Palmer :
It is the business of thought to define things, to find the boundaries; thought, indeed, is a ceaseless process of definition. It is the business of Art to give things shape. Anyone who takes no delight in the firm outline of an object, or in its essential character, has no artistic sense.... He cannot even be nourished by Art. Like Ephraim, he feeds upon the East wind, which has no boundaries.
[Vance Palmer (1885-1959), Australian author, poet. repr. In Intimate Portraits, ed. H.P. Heseltine (1969). "On Boundaries," (1921).]
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