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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.
         
   
F
Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright.

R
It is not that the French are not profound, but they all express themselves so well that we are led to take their geese for swans.
A
Longfellow is to poetry what the barrel-organ is to music.
N
Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.
K
The instructed man is ashamed to pronounce in an Orphic manner what everybody knows, and because he is silent people think he is making fun of them.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Speech by Dr. Alexander G. Bearn
R: "From a Writer's Notebook," 1958.
A: "The Flowering of New England."
N: "From a Writer's Notebook," 1958.
K: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
   


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