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11 November 2014
The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them.
11 November 2014
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
11 November 2014
One should never make one's debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age.
11 November 2014
To make men Socialists is nothing, but to make Socialism human is a great thing.
11 November 2014
Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac.
11 November 2014
The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them.
11 November 2014
Do you really think, Arthur, that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to.
11 November 2014
I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.
11 November 2014
The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
11 November 2014
No publisher should ever express an opinion on the value of what he publishes. That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide.... I can quite understand how any ordinary critic would be strongly prejudiced against a work that was accompanied by a premature and unnecessary panegyric from the publisher. A publisher is simply a useful middle-man. It is not for him to anticipate the verdict of criticism.

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