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John Ciardi
(1916-1986) born on
Jun 24
English dramatist, actor, author. He was an award-winning writer best known for the English translation of Dante's "Inferno," 1954.
         
   
F
A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.

R
It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions.
A
What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen, and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
N
A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
K
The reader deserves an honest opinion. If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
R: In "Saturday Review," 2 Jun 1962.
A: Recalled on his death, in NY "Times," 2 Apr 1986.
N: "Reader's Digest," 1 Dec 1980.
K: "The Reviewer's Duty to Damn" "Saturday Review," 16 Feb 1957.
   


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