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A Quote by W.S. Gilbert on anxiety, culture, idleness, kindness, lies, meaning, mind, novelty, and plants

If you're anxious for to shine in the high aesthetic line As a man of culture rare, You must get up all the germs of the transcendental terms And plant them everywhere. You must lie upon the daisies and discourse in novel phrases Of your complicated state of mind, The meaning doesn't matter if it's only idle chatter Of a transendental kind.

W.S. Gilbert

Source: Bunthorne's Song, from Patience

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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on novelty, rules, and writing

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by unknown on certainty, novelty, and prose

A novel is a piece of prose of a certain length with something wrong with it.

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on machines, novelty, and work

A narrator should not supply interpretations of his work; otherwise he would have not written a novel, which is a machine for generating interpretations.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: Postscript to The Name of the Rose (1984)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on merit, novelty, originality, and sincerity

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Sylvia Townsend Warner on accuracy, books, dawn, joy, justice, kindness, libraries, mathematics, mind, novelty, and passion

For twenty pages perhaps, he read slowly, carefully, dutifully, with pauses for self-examination and working out examples. Then, just as it was working up and the pauses should have been more scrupulous than ever, a kind of swoon and ecstasy would fall on him, and he read ravening on, sitting up till dawn to finish the book, as though it were a novel. After that his passion was stayed; the book went back to the Library and he was done with mathematics till the next bout. Not much remained with him after these orgies, but something remained: a sensation in the mind, a worshiping acknowledgment of something isolated and unassailable, or a remembered mental joy at the rightness of thoughts coming together to a conclusion, accurate thoughts, thoughts in just intonation, coming together like unaccompanied voices coming to a close.

Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893 - 1978)

Source: Mr. Fortune's Maggot.

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A Quote by Supreme Court on action, certainty, clarity, congress, discretion, experience, failure, government, improvement, independence, judgment, novelty, and politics

Federal commandeering of state governments is such a novel phenomenon that this Court's first experience with it did not occur until the 1970's....later opinions of ours have made clear that the Federal Government may not compel the States to implement, by legislation or executive action, federal regulatory programs....Even assuming, moreover, that the Brady Act leaves no "policymaking" discretion with the States, we fail to see how that improves rather than worsens the intrusion upon state sovereignty. Preservation of the States as independent and autonomous political entities is arguably less undermined by requiring them to make policy in certain fields than (as Judge Sneed aptly described it over two decades ago) by "reducing them to puppets of a ventriloquist Congress."

Supreme Court

Source: U.S. Supreme Court, 1997, Printz v. United States[Interior clarifications omitted]

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A Quote by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert on anxiety, culture, idleness, kindness, lies, meaning, mind, novelty, and plants

If you're anxious for to shine in the high aesthetic line As a man of culture rare, You must get up all the germs of the transcendental terms And plant them everywhere. You must lie upon the daisies and discourse in novel phrases Of your complicated state of mind, The meaning doesn't matter if it's only idle chatter Of a transendental kind.

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836 - 1911)

Source: Bunthorne's Song from Patience

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on careers, life, novelty, and world

Sir Walter, with his 61 years of life, although he never wrote a novel until he was over 40, had, fortunately for the world, a longer working career than most of his brethren.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

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A Quote by Rita Mae Brown on books, good, life, and novelty

If you don't like my book, write your own. If you don't think you can write a novel, that ought to tell you something. If you think you can, do. No excuses. If you still don't like my novels, find a book you do like. Life is too short to be miserable. If you like my novels, I commend your good taste.

Rita Mae Brown (1944 -)

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