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A Quote by William Cowper on books, friendship, garden, home, and nature

Friends, books, a garden, and perhaps his pen, Delightful industry enjoy'd at home, And Nature, in her cultivated trim Dress'd to his taste, inviting him abroad - Can he want occupation who has these?

William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Source: The Task, 1780

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A Quote by William Carlos Williams on books and clothes

No wreaths please - especially no hothouse flowers. Some common memento is better, something he prized and is known by: his old clothes - a few books perhaps.

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Source: Tract, 1917

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A Quote by Willard Van Orman Quine on books, logic, and study

If pressed to supplement Tweedledee's ostensive definition of logic with a discursive definition of the same subject, I would say that logic is the systematic study of the logical truths. Pressed further, I would say that a sentence is logically true if all sentences with its grammatical structure are true. Pressed further still, I would say to read this book.

Willard Van Orman Quine (1908 -)

Source: Philosophy of Logic by Willard Van Orman Quine

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A Quote by Wilfred A. Peterson on adventure, art, belief, books, courage, curiosity, day, death, dreams, exploring, faith, friendship, heart, ideas, life, men, problems, reading, support, theory, and thinking

A man practices the art of adventure when he heroically faces up to life; When he has the daring to open doors to new experiences and to step boldly forth to explore strange horizons. When he is unafraid of new ideas, new theories and new philosophies. When he has the curiosity to experiment--to test and try new ways of living and thinking. When he has the flexibility to adjust and adapt himself to the changing patterns of life. When he refuses to seek safe places and easy tasks and has, instead, the courage to wrestle with the toughest problems. When he has the moral stamina to be steadfast in the support of those men in whom he has faith and those causes in which he believes. When he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints. When he has the nerve to move out of life's shallows and venture forth into the deep. When he keeps his heart young, his expectations high and never allows his dreams to die. When he concludes that a rut is only another name for the grave and that the only way to stay out of the ruts is by living adventurously and staying vitally alive every day of his life.

Wilfred A. Peterson

Source: The art of living, Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on books

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A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on books

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One cannot review a bad book without showing off.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on books

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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Walter Bagehot on books, good, people, and reason

The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.

Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)

Source: Literary Studies

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on books and war

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The real war will never get in the books.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on books and glory

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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