"What is most interesting and valuable in it, however, is not the materials for the history of Pontiac, or Braddock, or the Northwest, which it furnishes; not the annals of the country, but the natural facts, or perennials, which are ever without date. When out of history the truth shall be extracted, it will have shed its dates like withered leaves."
"Poetry is, above all, an approach to the truth of feeling.... A fine poem will seize your imagination intellectually--that is, when you reach it, you will reach it intellectually too-- but the way is through emotion, through what we call feeling."
"To be against war is not enough, it is hardly a beginning. And all things strive; we who try to speak know the ideas trying to bemore human, we know things near their birth that try to become real. The truth here goes farther, there is another way of being against war and for poetry. We are against war and the sources of war. We are for poetry and the sources of poetry."
"While it is true that science cannot decide questions of value, that is because they cannot be intellectually decided at all, andlie outside the realm of truth and falsehood. Whatever knowledge is attainable, must be attained by scientific methods; and what science cannot discover, mankind cannot know."
"The truth properly means the sum of all true propositions, what omniscience would assert, the whole ideal system of qualities andrelations which the world has exemplified or will exemplify. The truth is all things seen under the form of eternity."