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But, indeed, we prefer books to pounds; and we love manuscripts better than florins; and we prefer small pamphlets to war horses. (Quote by - Isaac D'Israeli)

Vigny, more secretAs if in his tower of ivory, retired before noon."N.B.: Vigny refers to Comte de Vigny, who locked himself in an ivory tower to work without the influences of man and desire. (Quote by - Charles Augustin Sainte-beuve)

Learning why one great book is just like every other great book is the key to understanding literature (Quote by - John Moschitta)

You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence. (Quote by - Gail Godwin)

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. (Quote by - Thomas Carruthers)

All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them. (Quote by - Richard Hughes)

Perish those who said our good things before we did. (Quote by - Donatus)

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students. (Quote by - Cicero)

A great literature is chiefly the product of inquiring minds in revolt against the immovable certainties of the nation. (Quote by - H.l. Mencken)

A novel is a mirror carried along a main road. (Quote by - Stendhal)

The essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything. (Quote by - Aldous Huxley)

Little do such men know the toil, the pains, the daily, nightly racking of the brains, to range the thoughts, the matter to digest, to cull fit phrases, and reject the rest. (Quote by - Charles Churchill)

If a poet has any obligation toward society, it is to write well. Being in the minority, he has no other choice. Failing this duty, he sinks into oblivion. Society, on the other hand, has no obligation toward the poet. A majority by definition, society thinks of itself as having other options than reading verses, no matter how well written. Its failure to do so results in its sinking to that level of locution at which society falls easy prey to a demagogue or a tyrant. This is society's own equivalent of oblivion. (Quote by - Joseph Brodsky)

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. (Quote by - Smith & Jones)

In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented. (Quote by - Northrop Frye)

An understanding heart is everything is a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. (Quote by - Henry Kissinger)

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a losttradition. (Quote by - Hector Louis Berlioz)

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. (Quote by - Jules Renard)

We read poetry because the poets, like ourselves, have been haunted by the inescapable tyranny of time and death; have suffered the pain of loss, and the more wearing, continuous pain of frustration and failure; and have had moods of unlooked-for release and peace. They have known and watched in themselves and others. (Quote by - Elizabeth Drew)

Literary Men are . . . a perpetual priesthood. (Quote by - Thomas Carlyle)

Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism... the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young. (Quote by - Henry S. Canby)

Nothing but blackness aboveAnd nothing that moves but the cars...God, if you wish for our love,Fling us a handful of stars! - Caliban in the Coal Mines. (Quote by - Louis Untermeyer)

Till last by Philip's farm I flowTo join the brimming river,For men may come and men may go,But I go on for ever.(Quote by - Lord Alfred Tennyson)

Tis an old saying, the Devil lurks behind the cross. All is not gold that glitters. From the tail of the plough, Bamba was made King of Spain; and from his silks and riches was Rodrigo cast to be devoured by the snakes. (Quote by - Miguel De Cervantes)

All literature is political. (Quote by - Levar Burton)

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