C.C.C.

“Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason. They made no such demand upon those who wrote them.”

                                                                                        –Charles Caleb Colton

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Twilight

“I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.”

                                                 –Samuel Johnson

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

                                                 –Joseph Brodsky

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What passes?

Never were days yet called two,

But one night went betwixt.

                 –Thomas Campion

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“Prose is the written form of deliberate expression, a medium that can become an art. Whereas speech is halting, comes in fragments, repeats, puts qualifiers after the idea, and often leaves it half expressed, prose aims at organized thought in complete units. The qualifiers of each idea often come before or during its exposition, as required by clarity, the sound of the words, or their rhythm.”

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“Good prose means hard work; as a modern practitioner put it, it is ‘heavy lifting from a sitting position.'”

                                                                                                  –Jacques Barzun

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Minatory, Repressive

“Either the person confesses and he is proved guilty from his own confession, or he does not confess and is equally guilty on the evidence of witnesses. If a person confesses the whole of what he is accused of, he is unquestionably guilty of the whole; but if he confesses only a part, he ought still to be regarded as guilty of the whole since what he has confessed proves him to be capable of guilt as to the other points of the accusation….”

                                                                                            –Book of the Dead

“When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him.”

                                                                                             –Jonathan Swift

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What day is it? Not Adam’s.

“The sensibility of man to trifles, and his insensibility to great things, indicates a strange inversion.”

                                                                                                    –Pascal

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Simon Says

“Don’t think any intelligent person is going to be deceived when you try to shirk all the difficulties of the unspeakably difficult art of good prose by chopping your composition into line lengths.”

                                                                                                –Ezra Pound

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The Final Projection

“We have had a gutful of fast art and fast food. What we need more of is slow art: art that holds time as a vase holds water: art that grows out of modes of perception and whose skill and doggedness make you think and feel; art that isn’t merely sensational, that doesn’t get its message across in 10 seconds, that isn’t falsely iconic, that hooks onto something deep-running in our natures. In a word, art that is the very opposite of mass media.”

                                                                                                 –Robert Hughes

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Imaginary Gardens

“It was very clear you don’t decide to be a writer. You are one or you’re not one. This drives people crazy, because everybody thinks it’s easy just to sit down and scribble, and that’s it. Well, it isn’t it, and you have to have a certain gift, which is not art. It’s not a democracy. In fact, art is the enemy of democracy.”

                                                                                           –Gore Vidal

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“I must confess to lifelong boredom with the main purpose of literary biography: the Life as opposed to the Work, which is, after all, all. I have also never had the slightest interest in knowing on whom a writer has based the character of Jeff, say, and should Jeff’s affair with Jane be just like a real-life one with Gladys, I feel gravity tugging at the volume in my hand. It makes not the slightest difference whether or not one knows a writer’s raw material because it is what he does with the stuff of his life that matters, and how he does it is to be found in the surviving words not in long since made beds.”

                                                                                                    –Gore Vidal

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