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American literary Historian, Critic and Biographer whose Finders and Makers series traces American literary history in rich biographical detail from 1800 to 1915. 1886-1963

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Nothing is so soothing to our self esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“There is no stopping the world's tendency to throw off imposed restraints, the religious authority that is based on the ignorance of the many, the political authority that is based on the knowledge of the few”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“A man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man. The instructed man is ashamed to pronounce in an orphic manner what everybody knows, and because he is silent people think he is making fun of them. They like a man who expresses their own superficial thoughts in a manner that appears to be profound. This enables them to feel that they are themselves profound.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“It is not that the French are not profound, but they all express themselves so well that we are led to take their geese for swans.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“As against having beautiful workshops, studios, etc., one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“If men were basically evil, who would bother to improve the world instead of giving it up as a bad job at the outset?”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Nothing is sadder than having worldly standards without worldly means.”

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