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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."
         
   
F
Books, we are told, propose to instruct" or to amuse." Indeed! . . . The true antithesis to knowledge, in this case, is not pleasure," but power."

R
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.
A
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.
N
Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state.
K
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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