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It's no use telling us that something was 'mysterious' or 'loathsome' or 'awe-inspiring' or 'voluptuous.' By direct description, by metaphor and simile, by secretly evoking powerful associations, by offering the right stimuli to our nerves (in the right degree and the right order), and by the very beat and vowel-melody and length and brevity of your sentences, you must bring it about that we, we readers, not you, exclaim, 'how mysterious!' or 'loathsome' or whatever it is. Let me taste for myself, and you'll have no need to tell me how I should react. (Quote by - Clive Staples Lewis)

The media, far from being a conspiracy to dull the political sense of the people, could be viewed as a conspiracy to disguise the extent of political indifference. (Quote by - David Riesman)

Poets have to be sensitive to their audience, but it does not mean that they censor themselves. I realise my audience is diverse. Some will read with empathy and curiosity while others will take offense. (Quote by - John Barton)

So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no one is useless while they have a friend. (Quote by - Robert Louis Stevenson)

The glory of fiction is that it gives us the effect of being someone else. This is the human reason why the means of perception is central to the experience of reading fiction. (Quote by - William Sloane)

He must be able to report, with convincing precision, how the world looks to a child, a young woman, an elderly murderer, or the governor of Utah . (Quote by - John Gardner)

True contentment comes with empathy. (Quote by - Tim Finn)

There is also a natural and very, very strong empathy with the underdog, with people who have suffered, people who have been pushed around by foreigners in particular, but also by their own people(Quote by - Lakhdar Brahimi)

I hear much of peoples' calling out to punish the guilty, but very few are concerned to clear the innocent. (Quote by - Daniel Defoe)

These are the days when men of all social disciplines and all political faiths seek the comfortable and the accepted; when the man of controversy is looked upon as a disturbing influence; when originality is taken to be a mark of instability; and when, in minor modification of the original parable, the bland lead the bland. (Quote by - John Kenneth Galbraith)

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become prey to the active. The conditions upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt. (Quote by - John Philpot Curran)

Jane Austen writes about these humdrum lives with such empathy that they seem endlessly fascinating(Quote by - Mark Haddon)

Within a single scene, . . . it seems to be unwise to have access to the inner reflections of more than one character. The reader generally needs a single character as the means of perception, as the character to whom the events are happening, as the character with whom he is to empathize in order to have the events of the writing happen to him. (Quote by - John Ciardi)

That is, in great fiction, we are moved by characters and events, not by the emotion of the person telling the story. (Quote by - John Gardner)

For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are. (Quote by - Niccolo Machiavelli)

When a person goes to a country and finds their newspapers filled with nothing but good news, he can bet there are good men in jail. (Quote by - Daniel Patrick Moynihan)

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. (Quote by - Bishop Desmond Tutu)

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. (Quote by - Bonnie Jean Wasmund)

I have said that each aspect of the novel demands a different quality of the reader. Well, the prophetic aspect demands two qualities: humility and the suspension of the sense of humour. (Quote by - E.M. Forster)

As I watch government at all levels daily eat away at our freedom, I keep thinking how prosperity and government largesse have combined to make most of us fat and lazy and indifferent to, or actually in favor of, the limits being placed on that freedom. (Quote by - Lyn Nofziger)

When a good man is hurt all who would be called good must suffer with him. (Quote by - Euripides)

I hope to leave my children a sense of empathy and pity and a will to right social wrongs(Quote by - Anita Roddick)

It is interesting to observe that in the year 1935 the average individual's incurious attitude towards the phenomenon of the State is precisely what his attitude was toward the phenomenon of the Church in the year, say, 1500. ... it does not appear to have occurred to the Church-citizen of that day, any more than it occurs to the State-citizen of the present, to ask what sort of institution it was that claimed his allegiance. (Quote by - Albert Jay Nock)

In lazy apathy let stoics boast, Their virtue fixed, 'tis fixed as in a frost. (Quote by - Alexander Pope)

There are some men formed with feelings so blunt that they can hardly be said to be awake during the whole course of their lives. (Quote by - Sir Edmund Burke)


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