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Quotations by author » Edith Hamilton
American Educator and Author. Known for popularizing classical Greek and Roman literature. 1867-1963
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A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can.
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Civilization...is a matter of imponderables, of delight in the thins of the mind, of love of beauty, of honor, grace, courtesy, delicate feeling. Where imponderables, are things of first importance, there is the height of civilization, and, if at the same time, the power of art exists unimpaired, human life has reached a level seldom attained and very seldom surpassed.
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Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.
BeliefFaith
Great art is the expression of a solution of the conflict between the demands of the world without and that within.
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It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is to be educated.
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Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth.
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None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.
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The fullness of life is in the hazards of life.
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The fundamental fact about the Greek was that he had to use his mind. The ancient priests had said, "Thus far and no farther. We set the limits of thought." The Greek said, "All things are to be examined and called into question. There are no limits set on thought."
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The modern minds in each generation are the critics who preserve us from a petrifying world, who will not leave us to walk undisturbed in the ways of our fathers
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Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed.
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There are few efforts more conducive to humility than that of the translator trying to communicate an incommunicable beauty. Yet, unless we do try, something unique and never surpassed will cease to exist except in the libraries of a few inquisitive book lovers.
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To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is being educated.
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To be able to be caught up into the world of thought-that is educated.
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When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
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When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos.
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