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The Philosophy of Style: Herbert Spencer on the Economy of Attention and the Ideal Writer (1852)
The Philosophy of Style: Herbert Spencer on the Economy of Attention and the Ideal Writer (1852)

“To have a specific style is to be poor in speech.”

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Gertrude Stein Reads “A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson”
Gertrude Stein Reads “A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson”

“Very fine is my valentine and mine, very fine very mine and mine is my valentine.”

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What Is a Poem? Coleridge on Science vs. Romance, 1817
What Is a Poem? Coleridge on Science vs. Romance, 1817

“It is discriminated by proposing to itself such delight from the whole as is compatible with a distinct gratification from each component part.”

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A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life
A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life

“The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life.”

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Waving to Virginia: Patti Smith Reads Woolf
Waving to Virginia: Patti Smith Reads Woolf

“One man will single me out and will tell me what he has told no other person.”

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February 25, 1956: Sylvia Plath Meets Ted Hughes in One of Literary History’s Steamiest Encounters
February 25, 1956: Sylvia Plath Meets Ted Hughes in One of Literary History’s Steamiest Encounters

“He ripped the red hair band from her head and ravished her with such force that her silver earrings came unclipped from her ears.”

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