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Wilfred Owen :
We only know war lasts, rain soaks, and clouds sag stormy.
[Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), British poet. Exposure (l. 12). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair, eds. (2d ed., 1988) W. W. Norton & Company.]
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Sophocles :
False words do not bring forth fruit.
[Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 717.]
Ralph Waldo Emerson :
The words I and mine constitute ignorance.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Plato; or, the Philosopher," Representative Men (1850).]
Rudyard Kipling :
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
[Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. quoted in Times (London, Feb. 15, 1923), speech, Feb. 14, 1923.]
James Joyce :
I fear those big words which make us so unhappy.
[James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Stephen Dedalus, in Ulysses, ch. 2 of 1984 edition (1922).]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
An answer in words is delusive; it is really no answer to the questions you ask.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Over-Soul," Essays, First Series (1847).]
Henry David Thoreau :
Where shall we look for standard English but to the words of a standard man?
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 107, Houghton Mifflin (1906). By "standard" Thoreau means "representative" in Emerson's sense of the word (e.g., a man of genius).]
Leonard Cohen :
The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.
[Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. Lawrence Breavman, in The Favourite Game, bk. 4, sct. 12 (1963).]
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge :
The definition of good prose is proper words in their proper places; of good verse, the most proper words in their proper places. The propriety is in either case relative. The words in prose ought to express the intended meaning, and no more; if they attract attention to themselves, it is, in general, a fault.
[Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic. Specimens of the Table Talk of the Late Samuel Taylor Coleridge, entry for July 3, 1833 (1835).]
Ralph Waldo Emerson :
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).]
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