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proustbot: (Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats)

robots with guns reading proust

with a pen inherited from a goose and Homer

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Created on 2012-12-30 23:09:16 (#1866992), last updated 2017-07-22 (13 weeks ago)

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"My entry for June 15, 1923, begins, 'A man must have something to cling to. Without that he is as a pea vine sprawling in search of a trellis.' Obviously, I was all asprawl, clinging to Beauty, which is a very restless trellis."
- E. B. White, "The Years of Wonder"

"If a person who pries into the characters of others with no other design but to discover their faults and to publish them to the world deserves the title of a slanderer of the reputations of men, why should not a critic, who reads with the same malevolent view, be as properly styled the slanderer of the reputation of books?"
- Henry Fielding, Tom Jones

"Dealing with failure is easy: Work hard to improve. Success is also easy to handle: You've solved the wrong problem. Work hard to improve."
- Alan Perlis, "Epigrams in Programming"

"Unlike our math and science teachers, who modestly stuck to their subjects, they tended to be polymaths. Adept as they were at dissection, they would never leave a poem or a novel strewn about in pieces like some butchered frog reeking of formaldehyde. They'd stitch it back together with history and psychology, philosophy, religion, and even, on occasion, science. Without pandering to your presumed desire to identify with the hero of a story, they made you feel that what mattered to the writer had consequences for you, too."
- Tobias Wolff, Old School

"Books, you know, Charles, are like lobster-shells. We surround ourselves with 'em, and then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidences of our earlier stages of development."
- Dorothy L. Sayers, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club

"Every season of life is an edition that corrects the one before and which will also be corrected itself until the definitive edition, which the publisher gives to the worms gratis."
- Machado de Assis, The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, trans. Gregory Rabassa

"Those who arrive in Thekla can see little of the city, beyond the plank fences, the sackcloth screens, the scaffoldings, the metal armatures, the wooden catwalks hanging from ropes or supported by sawhorses, the ladders, the trestles. If you ask, 'Why is Thekla's construction taking such a long time?' the inhabitants continue hoisting sacks, lowering leaded strings, moving long brushes up and down, as they answer, 'So that its destruction cannot begin.' And if asked whether they fear that, once the scaffoldings are removed, the city may begin to crumble and fall to pieces, they add hastily, in a whisper, 'Not only the city.'"
- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, trans. William Weaver

"If I can [find] any place tolerably comfortable I will settle myself and fag till I can afford to buy Pleasure -- which if [I] never can afford I must go Without."
--John Keats, letter to C. W. Dilke, September 1819
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