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Letter "T" » The Classics
«In science, read by preference the newest works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern.»
«I felt exactly like the man in the advertisement who has not devoted fifteen minutes a day to the study of the classics. If only (I thought) I had devoted fifteen minutes a day to the cultivation of the aesthetic attitude!»
«A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.»
«A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.»
«Man's drive for self-expression, which over the centuries has built his monuments, does not stay within set bounds; the creations which yesterday were the detested and the obscene become the classics of today.»
«I believe that every English poet should read the English classics, master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them, travel abroad, experience the horror of sordid passion and-if he is lucky enough-know the love of an honest woman.»
Author: Robert Graves
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«Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.»
«Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.»
«A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.»
«A classic is a book which people praise and don't read.»