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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Essays, "Friendship," First Series (1841).]
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Gertrude Stein :
Success is the result achieved when nobody answers.
[Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1924). "Birth and Marriage," Alphabets and Birthdays, Yale University Press (1957).]
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Jane Rule :
Human beings tolerate what they understand they have to tolerate.
[Jane Rule (b. 1931), Canadian fiction writer and essayist; born in the U. S... Outlander, part 2, essay 6 (1981). Rule, a lesbian, was living with her lover of twenty-three years in a small Canadian community on a "cranky little island" where people were forced to depend on the help of one another.]
Oscar Wilde :
Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
[Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 1.]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
The soul answers never by words, but by the thing itself that is inquired after.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Over-Soul," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).]
Gertrude Stein :
If you do not remember while you are writing, it may seem confused to others but actually it is clear and eventually that clarity will be clear, that is what a master-piece is, but if you remember while you are writing it will seem clear at the time to any one but the clarity will go out of it that is what a master- piece is not.
[Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936).]
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Nicholson Baker :
Shoes are the first adult machines we are given to master.
[Nicholson Baker (b. 1957), U.S. author. The Mezzanine, ch. 2 (1988).]
William Shakespeare :
We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir John Falstaff, in Henry IV pt. 2, act 3, sc. 2, l. 211 (1600). Referring to the youthful antics of Falstaff and Justice Shallow. Chimes at Midnight was the title of Orson Welles's 1966 film based on Shakespeare's portrayal of Falstaff, with Welles himself in the central role.]
Sophocles :
Hold, you rule only when mastered by your friends.
[Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Ajax, l. 1353.]
Henry David Thoreau :
I cannot say that Swedenborg has been directly and practically valuable to me, for I have not been a reader of him, except to a slight extent; but I have the highest regard for him, and trust that I shall read his works in some world or other. He had a wonderful knowledge of our interior and spiritual life, though his illuminations are occasionally blurred by trivialities. He comes nearer to answering, or attempting to answer, literally, your questions concerning man's origin, purpose, and destiny, than any of the worthies I have referred to. But I think that that is not altogether a recommendation; since such an answer to these questions cannot be discovered any more than perpetual motion, for which no reward is now offered. The noblest man it is, methinks, that knows, and by his life suggests, the most about these things. Crack away at these nuts, however, as long as you can,—the very exercise will ennoble you, and you may get something better than the answer you expect.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, December 12, 1856, to B.B. Wiley, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 300, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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