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Van Wyck Brooks
(1886-1963) born on
Feb 16
US literary critic, cultural historian. He saw literature as an outgrowth of a national culture; wrote "America's Coming of Age," 1915.
The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, . . . by newspapers and the Bible.

The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses.
Nothing is sadder than having worldly standards without worldly means.
As against having beautiful workshops, studios, etc., one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day.
The man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "The Nation," 14 Aug 1954.
R: In "Webster's NewWorld Best Book of Aphorisms," by Auriel Douglas, 1989.
A: "A Chilmark Miscellany."
N: In "A Treasury of Great American Quotations," by Charles Hurd, 1964.
K: "A Chilmark Miscellany."

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