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George Steiner
(1929-____) born on
Apr 23
French-born US literary critic, educator, scholar. His works include "Language and Silence," 1963 and "Fields of Force," 1974.
         
   
F
I owe everything to a system that made me learn by heart till I wept. As a result I have thousands of lines of poetry by heart. I owe everything to this.

R
Chess may be the deepest, least exhaustible of pastimes, but it is nothing more. As for a chess genius, he is a human being who focuses vast, little-understood mental gifts and labors on an ultimately trivial human enterprise.
A
The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light.
N
Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.
K
To shoot a man because one disagrees with his interpretation of Darwin or Hegel is a sinister tribute to the supremacy of ideas in human affairs -- but a tribute nevertheless.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Guardian (London, 26 March 1992).
R: Fields of Force," Viking 74
A: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
N: Language and Silence, "K" (1967; first published 1963).
K: Language and Silence, "Marxism and the Literary Critic" (1967).
   


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