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When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.

Karl Marx (1818-1883) German philosopher and political economist.

Nature is a revelation of God; Art a revelation of man.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.

Next to theology I give music the highest place of honor.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.


Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.

Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.

I have written some poetry that I don't understand myself.

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American poet.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!

Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) British writer.

A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist and short-story writer.