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"The real contribution we owe to Locke's phiosophy does not lie in his abandoning metaphysics; that, a number of thinkers had already done, but in his way of circumscribing and protecting a little islet in the illimitable ocean whose horizon recedes forever as we move."
- Paul Hazard, The Crisis of the European Mind: 1680-1715.

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The House Was Quiet and The World Was Calm
BY WALLACE STEVENS
     
     
The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The reader became the book; and summer night
Was like the conscious being of the book.
The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The words were spoken as if there was no book,
Except that the reader leaned above the page,
Wanted to lean, wanted much most to be
The scholar to whom his book is true, to whom
The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
The house was quiet because it had to be.
The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind:
The access of perfection to the page.
And the world was calm. The truth in a calm world,
In which there is no other meaning, itself
Is calm, itself is summer and night, itself
Is the reader leaning late and reading there.

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“Literature is humanity talking to itself.”
Norman Rush

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"Anyone can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a civilized man."
--Leonard Woolf

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You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
A.A. Milne
August 21, 1920: A.A. Milne and his wife thought that their baby was going to be a girl. When he emerged a boy, the parents chose a new name for him—Christopher Robin. It would be popularized in Milne's many Winnie-the-Pooh stories of a boy and his bear.

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