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  • Louis Kronenberger
    Louis Kronenberger
    American literary critic and novelist 1904-1980
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    The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
  • Cassandra Clare
    Cassandra Clare
    American author of young adult fiction 1973-
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    And write what you love - don't feel pressured to write serious prose if what you like is to be funny.
  • Raymond Chandler
    Raymond Chandler
    American writer 1888-1959
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    Any man who can write a page of living prose adds something to our life, and the man who can, as I can, is surely the last to resent someone who can do it even better. An artist cannot deny art, nor would he want to. A lover cannot deny love.
  • Cole Porter
    Cole Porter
    American composer and songwriter 1891-1964
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    Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only use four-letter words writing prose... anything goes.
  • Ben Jonson
    Ben Jonson
    British Dramatist, Poet 1573-1637
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    His opinion of verses.
    That he wrote all his first in prose, for so his master Camden had learned him. That verses stood by sense without either colours or accent; which yet other times he denied.
    Source: Conversations with William Drummond of Hawthornden
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    English poet and critic 1772-1834
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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.
  • Ben Brantley
    Ben Brantley
    American theater critic and journalist 1954-
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    I've seen plays that are, objectively, total messes that move me in ways that their tidier brethren do not. That's the romantic mystery of great theater. Translating this ineffability into printable prose is a challenge that can never be fully met.
  • Salman Rushdie
    Salman Rushdie
    Engels writer 1948-
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    If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you've got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you're dumb and blind.
  • Ben Marcus
    Ben Marcus
    American author and professor
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    In some sense, prose fiction is just a way of unlocking a space. If I can unlock the space, it comes out and it's vivid, I find that I care about it, and it's part of me.
  • Boris Pasternak
    Boris Pasternak
    Russian writer 1890-1960
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    It is no longer possible for lyric poetry to express the immensity of our experience. Life has grown too cumbersome, too complicated. We have acquired values which are best expressed in prose.
    Source: Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series (1963)
  • Ernest Hemingway
    Ernest Hemingway
    American writer 1899-1961
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    It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.
  • Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
  • E. M. Forster
    E. M. Forster
    English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist 1879-1970
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    Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.
  • Robert Frost
    Robert Frost
    American poet 1874-1963
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    Poetry is that which is lost out of both prose and verse in translation.
    Source: Conversations on the Craft of Poetry (1959)
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