originality

A Quote by William Hazlitt on affection, boldness, darkness, discovery, genius, habits, meaning, mind, mystery, nature, originality, power, spirit, truth, and world

He is a man of capacity who possesses considerable intellectual riches: while he is a man of genius who finds out a vein of new ore. Originality is the seeing nature differently from others, and yet as it is in itself. It is not singularity or affectation, but the discovery of new and valuable truth. All the world do not see the whole meaning of any object they have been looking at. Habit blinds them to some things: shortsightedness to others. Every mind is not a gauge and measure of truth. Nature has her surface and her dark recesses. She is deep, obscure, and infinite. It is only minds on whom she makes her fullest impressions that can penetrate her shrine or unveil her Holy of Holies. It is only those whom she has filled with her spirit that have the boldness or the power to reveal her mysteries to others.

William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on acceptance, belief, compassion, courage, death, duty, endurance, glory, heart, honor, hope, immortality, literature, needs, newspapers, originality, past, pity, poets, pride, privilege, sacrifice, soul, spirit, and time

I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal simply because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail. WILLIAM FAULKNER, address upon receiving the Nobel Prize for literature, Stockholm, Sweden, December 10, 1950. - Faulkner, Essays, Speeches & Public Letters, p. 120 (1951). This text is from Faulkner's original typescript; it was slightly revised from that which he delivered in Stockholm, and which was published in American newspapers at the time (p. 121).

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: the original draft of speech receiving the Nobel Prize for literature, Stockholm, 12/10/50

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A Quote by Wystan Hugh Auden on aim, confusion, originality, and writers

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Walt Whitman on divinity, effort, originality, people, poets, religion, present, and time

Perhaps the efforts of the true poets, founders, religions, literatures, all ages, have been, and ever will be, our time and times to come, essentially the same - to bring people back from their present strayings and sickly abstractions, to the costless, average, divine, original concrete.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on books, borrowing, communication, home, imitation, neighbors, originality, and writers

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbor's, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by unknown on originality

Don't expect anything original from an echo.

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A Quote by unknown on genius, originality, and perfection

The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality.

unknown

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A Quote by Thomas Mann on beauty, birth, opposites, originality, poetry, and solitude

Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But it also gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.

Thomas Mann (1875 - 1955)

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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 Thomas Carlyle on originality

Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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