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Thomas De Quincey
(1785-1859) born on
Aug 15
English essayist, critic. He is best known for his "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater."
Books, we are told, propose to instruct" or to amuse." Indeed! . . . The true antithesis to knowledge, in this case, is not pleasure," but power."

Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.
There is first the literature of KNOWLEDGE, and secondly, the literature of POWER. The function of the first is -- to teach; the function of the second is -- to move.
Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state.
The public is a bad guesser.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letters to a Young Man."
R: In "Instant Quotation Dictionary," by Donald O. Bolander, 1979.
A: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
N: Murder Considered as one of the Fine Arts."
K: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.

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