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  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    For what are the classics but the noblest thoughts of man? They are the only oracles which are not decayed, and there are such answers to the most modern inquiry in them as Delphi and Dodona never gave. We might as well omit to study Nature because she is old.
  • Thomas B. Aldrich
    Thomas B. Aldrich
    American writer, editor 1836-1907
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    Books that have become classics - books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal - always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay.
  • Henry Miller
    Henry Miller
    American writer 1891-1980
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    Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.
  • Arthur Cohn
    Arthur Cohn
    American film producer 1927-
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    I chose Sony Classics, not just because of their practical experience, not just because of their wisdom in marketing, but mainly because of their integrity.
  • Burton Rascoe
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    I felt exactly like the man in the advertisement who has not devoted fifteen minutes a day to the study of the classics. If only (I thought) I had devoted fifteen minutes a day to the cultivation of the aesthetic attitude! I could bound Afghanistan.
    Source: Contemporary Reminiscences in Arts & Decoration, Vol. 26 (1927)
  • Barbara Rosenblat
    Barbara Rosenblat
    British actress 1950-
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    I've been recording audiobooks for more than 30 years. I've recorded over 500 titles on all sort of things. I'm a sort of genre-free recording artist - classics and romances, I just finished a sci-fi book, self help... just all kinds of things.
  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    American poet, criticus 1874-1925
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    In science, read by preference the newest works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern.
  • Evelyn Waugh
    Evelyn Waugh
    British novelist 1903-1966
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    In the dying world I come from quotation is a national vice. It used to be the classics, now it's lyric verse.
  • Coco Chanel
    Coco Chanel
    French couturier 1883-1971
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    Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
  • Arthur Machen
    Arthur Machen
    Welsh author and mystic 1863-1947
    Arthur Machen
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    Introductions, that is, belong to the masterpieces and classics of the world, to the great and ancient and accepted things; and I am here introducing a short, small story of my own which appeared in The Evening News about ten months ago.
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
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    Plasticene and self-expression will not solve the problems of education. Nor will technology and vocational guidance; nor the classics and the Hundred Best Books.
  • William Faulkner
    William Faulkner
    American writer 1897-1962
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    Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.
  • Stephen B. Leacock
    Stephen B. Leacock
    Canadian humorist and economist 1869-1944
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    The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
  • Bernard Bailyn
    Bernard Bailyn
    American historian, author, and academic 1922-2020
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    The classics of the ancient world are everywhere in the literature of the Revolution, but they are everywhere illustrative, not determinative, of thought.
    Source: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Ch. II, SOURCES AND TRADITIONS, p. 26
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde
    Irish writer 1854-1900
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    The fact is, the public make use of the classics of a country as a means of checking the progress of Art. They degrade the classics into authorities. They use them as bludgeons for preventing the free expression of Beauty in new forms.
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