One man is as good as another until he has written a book.
The faults of great authors are generally excellences carried to an excess.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
Leonardo Da Vinci
I am still learning
Religion, you know, enters very deep; in reality it is the deepest impression I have in speaking to people, that they are or that they are not of my religion.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Crying is the refuge of plain women, but the ruin of pretty ones
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.
The stellar universe is not so difficult of comprehension as the real actions of other people.
War is the great scavenger of thought. It is the sovereign disinfectant, and its red stream of blood is the Condy's Fluid that cleans out the stagnant pools and clotted channels of the intellect. We have awakened from an opium-dream of comfort, of ease, of that miserable poltroonery of the sheltered life. Our wish for indulgence of every sort, our laxity of manners, our wretched sensitiveness to personal inconvenience, these are suddenly lifted before us in their true guise as the specters of national decay; and we have risen from the lethargy of our dilettantism to lay them, before it is too late, by the flashing of the unsheathed sword.