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Americans

It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations of the earth are in a conspiracy to undervalue them.

–Henry James

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Reviewers

Nature fits all her children with something to do, / He who would write and can’t write, can surely review

–James Russell Lowell

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Advertisements

There will presently be no room in the world for things; it will be filled up with the advertisements of things.

–William Dean Howells

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Initiative

Initiative comes to thems [sic] that wait.

–Anthony Burgess

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Place

A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.

―Joan Didion

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Ageing

Whenever a man’s friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.

–Washington Irving

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Money

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.

–Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Kitsch

Kitsch causes two tears to flow in quick succession. The first tear says: How nice to see children running on the grass! The second tear says: How nice to be moved, together will all mankind, by children running on the grass!

–Milan Kundera

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Possible Worlds

When a language dies, a possible world dies with it.

–George Steiner

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Words

If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.

–Seamus Heaney