Quotes: definitions

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  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra Pound
    American poet 1885-1972
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    A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.
  • Russell Lynes
    Russell Lynes
    American editor, criticus 1910-
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    A lady is nothing very specific. One man's lady is another man's woman; sometimes, one man's lady is another man's wife. Definitions overlap but they almost never coincide.
  • Carl Sagan
    Carl Sagan
    American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and author 1934-1996
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    An atheist has to know a lot more than I know. An atheist is someone who knows there is no god. By some definitions atheism is very stupid.
  • James Baldwin
    James Baldwin
    American writer 1924-1987
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    At bottom, to be colored means that one has been caught in some utterly unbelievable cosmic joke, a joke so hideous and in such bad taste that it defeats all categories and definitions.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    English poet and critic 1772-1834
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order.
  • Alvin Toffler
    Alvin Toffler
    American writer, futurist, and businessman 1928-2016
    Alvin Toffler
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    One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we'll need a new definition.
  • James Baldwin
    James Baldwin
    American writer 1924-1987
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    The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions.
  • Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
    Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
    French authors who wrote several books together
    Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
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    There have been many definitions of beauty in art. What is it? Beauty is what the untrained eyes consider abominable.
  • G. C. Lichtenberg
    G. C. Lichtenberg
    German writer and physicist 1742-1799
    G. C. Lichtenberg
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    What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty.
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