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Letter "L" » Literature
«Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.»
Author: A. E. Housman
, Personal Best
, The Quickening
«In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.»
«History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal. That's why people should read Shakespeare and Dickens as well as history ~~ they will find the best, the worst, the height of noble attainment and the depths of depravity.»
«I this day was spectator of the most magnificent Triumph that certainly ever floted on the Thames, considering the innumerable number of boates & Vessels, dressd and adornd with all imaginabe Pomp: but, above all, the Thrones, Arches, Pageants & other representations, stately barges of the Lord Major, & Companies, with varius Inventions, musique, & Peales of Ordnance from both the vessels & shore, going to meet & Conduct the new Queene from Hampton Court to White-hall, at the first time of her Coming to Towne, exceeding in my opinion, all the Venetian Bucentoro?s &c on the Ascention, when they go to Espouse the Adriatic: his Majestie & the Queene, came in an antique-shaped open Vessell, covered with a State or Canopy of Cloth of Gold, made in forme of a Cupola, supported with high Corinthian Pillars, wreathed with flowers, festoones & Gyrlands: I was in our new-built Vessell, sailing amongst them»
Author: John Evelyn
, sailing vessel
, The Adriatic
«I write-down to speak-up.»
«In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people»
«Hemingway's remarks are not literature.»
«He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.»
«If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free»
Author: Franklin D. Roosevelt
, Land of the Free
, the press
«If you liked a book, don't meet the author»