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First he wrought, and afterward he taught. (Quote by - Geoffrey Chaucer)

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine. (Quote by - Stephen Leacock)

When the waves are round me breaking,As I pace the deck alone,And my eye in vain is seekingSome green leaf to rest upon;What would not I give to wanderWhere my old companions dwell?Absence makes the heart grow fonder,Isle of Beauty, fare thee well! - Paradise Lost. (Quote by - John Milton)

I am never long, even in the society of her I love, without yearning for the company of my lamp and my library. (Quote by - Lord Byron)

The philosophy exam was a piece of cake -- which was a bit of a surprise, actually, because I was expecting some questions on a sheet of paper. (Quote by - Socrates)

Literature becomes the living memory of a nation. (Quote by - Alexander Solzhenitsyn)

A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke. (Quote by - Max Eastman)

Beauty is but a flower,Which wrinkles will devour;Brightness falls from the air;Queens have died young and fair;Dust hath closed Helen's eye.I am sick, I must die;Lord have mercy on us. (Quote by - Thomas Nash)

A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images. (Quote by - Albert Camus)

Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn. (Quote by - William J. Durant)

Literature is the immortality of speech. (Quote by - August Wilhelm Von Schlegel)

Literature is news that stays news. (Quote by - Ezra Pound)

Do not worry about the incarnation of ideas. If you are a poet, your works will contain them without your knowledge -- they will be both moral and national if you follow your inspiration freely. (Quote by - Vissarion Belinsky)

There is first the literature of knowledge, and secondly, the literature of power. The function of the first is--to teach; the function of the second is--to move, the first is a rudder, the second an oar or a sail. The first speaks to the mere discursive understanding; the second speaks ultimately, it may happen, to the higher understanding or reason, but always through affections of pleasure and sympathy. (Quote by - Thomas De Quincey)

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes. (Quote by - Thornton Wilder)

To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written. (Quote by - Alvin Toffler)

There is no human reason why a child should not admire and emulate his teacher's ability to do sums, rather than the village bum's ability to whittle sticks and smoke cigarettes. The reason why the child does not is plain enough -- the bum has put himself on an equality with him and the teacher has not. (Quote by - Floyd Dell)

I can find my biography in every fable that I read. (Quote by - Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The walls are the publishers of the poor. (Quote by - Eduardo Galeano)

The chief glory of every people arises from its authors. (Quote by - Samuel Johnson)

The death of Dr. Hudson is a loss to the republick of letters. (Quote by - William King)

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving. (Quote by - Shecky Greene)

Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature. (Quote by - Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates... (Quote by - Francis Bacon)

Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even though they bring gifts. (Quote by - Virgil)


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