Edith Hamilton


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  • ''The anthropologists are busy, indeed, and ready to transport us back into the savage forest where all human things ... have their beginnings; but the seed never explains the flower.''
    Edith Hamilton (1867-1963), U.S. classical scholar, translator. The Greek Way, ch. 1 (1930).
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  • ''Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth.''
    Edith Hamilton (1867-1963), U.S. classical scholar, translator. The Greek Way, ch. 1 (1930).
  • ''None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.''
    Edith Hamilton (1867-1963), U.S. classical scholar, translator. The Greek Way, ch. 11 (1930).
  • ''A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can.''
    Edith Hamilton (1867-1963), U.S. classical scholar, translator. The Roman Way, preface (1932).
  • ''Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed.''
    Edith Hamilton (1867-1963), U.S. classical scholar, translator. The Roman Way, ch. 1 (1932).
  • ''There are few efforts more conducive to humility than that of the translator trying to communicate an incommunicable beauty. Yet, unless we do try, something unique and never surpassed will cease to exist except in the libraries of a few inquisitive book lovers.''
    Edith Hamilton (1867-1963), U.S. classical scholar, translator. Three Greek Plays, introduction (1937).

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