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The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; --poetry = the best words in the best order.
The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
Buy good books, and read them; the best books are the commonest, and the last editions are always the best, if the editors are not blockheads.
For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.
There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?
I wish I could write a beautiful book to break those hearts that are soon to cease to exist: a book of faith and small neat worlds and of people who live by the philosophies of popular songs.
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
The essence of poetry is will and passion.
Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.
Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.
If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.
The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
Science is for those who learn, poetry is for those who know.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the sky.
Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.

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