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Creative Quotations from . . .
Vance Palmer
(1885-1959) born on
Aug 28
Australian novelist. His novels, short stories, and plays are noted for disciplined diction and frequent understatement.
         
   
F
Beyond the horizon . . . a great, creative impulse is at work -- the only thing that gives this continent meaning and a guarantee of the future. Every Australian ought to climb up here . . . and glimpse the various, manifold life of which he is a part.

R
It is the business of thought to define things, to find the boundaries; thought, indeed, is a ceaseless process of definition. It is the business of Art to give things shape.
A
Anyone who takes no delight in the firm outline of an object, or in its essential character, has no artistic sense. . . . He cannot even be nourished by Art. Like Ephraim, he feeds upon the East wind, which has no boundaries.
N
The voice of America has no undertones or overtones in it. It repeats its optimistic catchwords in a tireless monologue that has the slightly metallic sound of a gramophone.
K
Literature, particularly fiction, is not the pure medium we sometimes assume it is. It is affected by things other than its own intrinsic quality; by a curiosity or lack of it about the people it deals with, their outlook, their way of life.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Divide," 1925; reprinted in "Intimate Portraits," ed. H. P. Heseltine, 1969.
R: "On Boundaries," 1921; reprinted in "Intimate Portraits," ed. H. P. Heseltine, 1969.
A: "On Boundaries," 1921; reprinted in "Intimate Portraits," ed. H. P. Heseltine, 1969.
N: "Literary America," 1923; reprinted in "Intimate Portraits," ed. H. P. Heseltine, 1969.
K: "Fragment of Autobiography," 1958; reprinted in "Intimate Portraits," ed. H. P. Heseltine, 1969.
   


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