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Anne Sexton :
Little fish swam by his nose and he noted them and touched their slime. Plankton came and he held them in his palm like God's littlest light bulbs.
[Anne Sexton (1928-1974), U.S. poet. "Making a Living."]
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Edgar Allan Poe :
If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment, the opportunity is his own—the road to immortal renown lies straight, open, and unencumbered before him. All that he has to do is to write and publish a very little book. Its title should be simple—a few plain words—"My Heart Laid Bare." But—this little book must be true to its title.
[Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. repr. In The Centenary Poe, ed. Montagu Slater (1949). "Suggested Title—'Heart Laid Bare'," Marginalia (1844-1849). My Heart Laid Bare was the translation title given to Baudelaire's Intimate Journals, trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930).]
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Gertrude Stein :
A novel is what you dream in your night sleep. A novel is not waking thoughts although it is written and thought with waking thoughts. But really a novel goes as dreams go in sleeping at night and some dreams are like anything and some dreams are like something and some dreams change and some dreams are quiet and some dreams are not. And some dreams are just what any one would do only a little different always just a little different and that is what a novel is.
[Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Originally published Nassau Literature (1935). "The Superstitions of Fred Anneday, Annday, Anday; a Novel of Real Life," How Writing Is Written: Volume II of the Previously Uncollected Writings of Gertrude Stein, ed. Robert Bartlett Haas, Black Sparrow Press (1974).]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
The instincts of the ant are very unimportant, considered as the ant's; but the moment a ray of relation is seen to extend from it to man, and the little drudge is seen to be a monitor, a little body with a mighty heart, then all its habits, even that said to be recently observed, that it never sleeps, become sublime.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 4 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).]
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Erica Jong :
A man assumes that a woman's refusal is just part of a game. Or, at any rate, a lot of men assume that. When a man says no, it's no. When a woman says no, it's yes, or at least maybe. There is even a joke to that effect. And little by little, women begin to believe in this view of themselves.
[Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. The narrator (Isadora Wing), in Fear of Flying, ch. 16 (1973).]
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Elizabeth I :
Must! Is must a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word.
[Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British Queen of England. Attributed (March 1603). Remonstrance to Sir Robert Cecil, who had urged her to go to bed in her last illness. Both Robert and his father, William Cecil (Lord Burghley), were secretaries of state to Elizabeth.]
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Elizabeth I :
Must! Is must a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word.
[Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British Queen of England. Quoted in A Short History of the English People, ch. 7, J.R. Green (1874). Attributed remonstrance to Sir Robert Cecil, who had urged her to go to bed in her last illness, March 1603; both Robert and his father William Cecil (Lord Burghley) were secretaries of state to Elizabeth.]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, What it will do with you? You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Journals, ed. Joel Porte (1982).]
Theodore Roethke :
A little quaker, the whole body of him trembling, His absurd whiskers sticking out like a cartoon-mouse, His feet like small leaves, Little lizard-feet, Whitish and spread wide when he tried to struggle away,
[Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), U.S. poet. The Meadow Mouse (l. 6-10). . . Naked Poetry; Recent American Poetry in Open Forms. Stephen Berg and Robert Mezey, eds. (1969) The Bobbs-Merrill Company.]
Wallace Stevens :
We do not prove the existence of the poem. It is something seen and known in lesser poems. It is the huge, high harmony that sounds A little and a little, suddenly, By means of a separate sense. It is and it Is not and, therefore, is.
[Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "A Primitive Like an Orb."]
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