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John Adams – The jaws of power are always opened

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John AdamsThe jaws of power are always opened to devour and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.

John Adams   (1735-1826)
A Dissertation on the Canon and Federal Law

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Blaise Pascal – Some speak well and write badly

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Blaise PascalThere are some who speak well and write badly. For the place and the audience warm them, and draw from their minds more than they think of without that warmth.

Blaise Pascal  

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Yoshida Kenko – To while away the idle hours

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Yoshida KenkoTo while away the idle hours, seated the livelong day before the ink slab, by jotting down without order or purpose whatever trifling thoughts pass through my mind, truly this is a queer and crazy thing to do!

Yoshida Kenko   (1284 – 1350)

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Aldous Huxley – Adverstising

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Aldous HuxleyI have discovered the most exciting, the most arduous literary form of all, the most difficult to master, the most pregnant in curious possibilities. I mean the advertisement. . . . It is far easier to write ten passably effective sonnets, good enough to take in the not too inquiring critic, than one effective advertisement that will take in a few thousand of the uncritical buying public.

Aldous Huxley  

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Immutable and deliberate nature of poetry

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In poetry, in which every line, every phrase, may pass the ordeal of deliberation and deliberate choice, it is possible, and barely possible, to attain that ultimatum which I have ventured to propose as the infallible test of a blameless style; namely: its untranslatableness in words of the same language without injury to the meaning.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge   (1772-1834)

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Yoshida Kenko – One should write not unskillfully

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Yoshida KenkoOne should write not unskillfully in the running hand, be able to sing in a pleasing voice and keep good time to music; and lastly, a man should not refuse a little wine when it is pressed upon him.

Yoshida Kenko   (1284 – 1350)

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Ray Bradbury – Every dimwit editor who sees himself. . .

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Ray BradburyEvery dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme.

Ray Bradbury  

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