A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can.
Ages of faith and of unbelief are always said to mark the course of history.
But it is not hard work which is dreary; it is superficial work.
Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth.
None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.
The Greeks were the first intellectualists. In a world where the irrational had played the chief role, they came forward as the protagonists of the mind.
To be able to be caught up into the world of thought--that is to be educated.
American Women Writers
Memorable Quotations: American Women Writers of the Past
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