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"Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact." -- Willa Cather, 1936.










---- "What is a poet? A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs cries escape them, they sound like beautiful and music...And men crowd about the poet and say to him: 'Sing for us soon again'; that is as much as to say 'May new sufferings torment your soul, but may your lips be formed as before; for the cries would only frighten us, but the music is delicious.' And the critics come, too, and say: 'Quite correct, and so it ought to be aesthetics.' resembles a poet to a hair; he only lacks the according to the rules of Now it is understood that a critic suffering in his heart and the music upon his lips. Lo, therefore, I would rather be a swineherd from Amager, and be understood by the swine, than be a poet and be misunderstood by men."
-Soren Kierkegaard, Dutch philosopher.

"All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand."
-George Orwell

  "Myths which are believed in tend to become true."
"I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized."
-Henry David Thoreau, U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist.

"The fancy that extraterrestrial life is by definition of a higher order than our own is one that soothes all children, and many writers."
Joan Didion (b. 1934), U.S. essayist.


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