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A Quote by William Shakespeare on books, good, life, and sermons

Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on books, good, life, and sermons

And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: As You Like It, Act 2, scene 1.

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A Quote by William S. Knudsen on books, learning, needs, time, world, and worry

The young man who has the combination of the learning of books with the learning which comes of doing things with the hands need not worry about getting along in the world today, or at any time.

William S. Knudsen

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A Quote by William Mather on books, cheerfulness, choice, clarity, companions, conscience, friendship, and heart

Friends, books, cheerful heart, and conscience clear Are the most choice companions we have here.

William Mather

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A Quote by William James on books, history, philosophy, and wonder

O my Bergson, you are a magician, and your book is a marvel, a real wonder in the history of philosophy . . . In finishing it I found . . . such a flavor of persistent euphony, as of a rich river that never foamed or ran thin, but steadily and firmly proceeded with its banks full to the brim.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Letters of William James, Henri Bergson

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A Quote by Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on books, sexes, slavery, society, war, and women

Our statute books gradually became laden with gross, stereotyped distinctions between the sexes and, indeed, throughout much of the 19th century the position of women in our society was, in many respects, comparable to that of blacks under the pre-Civil War slave codes.

William J. Brennan (1906 - 1997)

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on books and purpose

If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.

William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on books, happiness, life, reading, thinking, and writing

So I have loitered my life away, reading books, looking at pictures, going to plays, hearing, thinking, writing on what pleased me best. I have wanted only one thing to make me happy, but wanting that have wanted everything.

William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

Source: Winterslow. My First Acquaintance with Poets

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A Quote by William Graham Sumner on art, books, discovery, duty, force, glory, inventions, life, mankind, men, order, rest, service, talent, and welfare

In the New Testament it is taught that willing and voluntary service to others is the highest duty and glory in human life. . . . The men of talent are constantly forced to serve the rest. They make the discoveries and inventions, order the battles, write the books, and produce the works of art. The benefit and enjoyment go to the whole. There are those who joyfully order their own lives so that they may serve the welfare of mankind.

William Graham Sumner (1840 - 1910)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on art, books, dreams, good, happiness, honor, motherhood, peace, pride, responsibility, security, and worth

The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. It anguishes him so much he must get rid of it. He has no peace until then. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is worth any number of old ladies.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: an interview with Faulkner in New York City, 1956, by JEAN Stein. From Writers at Work

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