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There are occasions when I would rather feel like a fly than a spider.
The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
For books are more than books, they are the life
The very heart and core of ages past,
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Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime.
Duty is for Kant the One and All. Out of the duty of gratitude, he claims, one has to defend and esteem the ancients; and only out ...
A classification is a definition comprising a system of definitions.
A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concis ...
Those works whose ideal has not as much living reality and, as it were, personality as the beloved one or a friend had better rema ...
If one writes or reads novels from the point of view of psychology, it is very inconsistent and petty to want to shy away from eve ...
If the essence of cynicism consists in preferring nature to art, virtue to beauty and science; in not bothering about the letter o ...
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