"Speak of the moderns without contempt, and of the ancients without idolatry."
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"The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order."
"People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with the bad."
"To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature."
"Only two classes of books are of universal appeal. The very best and the very worst."
"Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason."
"Literature flourishes best when it is half trade and half an art."
"It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature."
"Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep."
"Literature is analysis after the event."
"Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead."
"A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on."
"There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity."
"The pure work implies the disappearance of the poet as speaker, who hands over to the words."
"In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people."
"For whatever is truly wondrous and fearful in man, never yet was put into words or books."
"What is not in the open street is false, derived, that is to say, literature."
"None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves."
"Nothing in the world is more haughty than a man of moderate capacity when once raised to power."
"Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem."
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