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Edith Hamilton quotes (11)

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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Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.
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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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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 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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To be able to be caught up into the world of thought - that is being 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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