To divide one's life by years is of course to tumble into a trap set by our own arithmetic. The calendar consents to carry on its dull wall-existence by the arbitrary timetables we have drawn up in consultation with those permanent commuters, Earth and Sun. But we, unlike trees, need grow no annual rings.
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When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.
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Cheese is milk's leap toward immortality.
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A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.
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I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.
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The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.
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For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.
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Mr. Faulkner, of course, is interested in making your mind rather than your flesh creep.
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There are two kinds of writers; the great ones who can give you truths, and the lessor ones, who can only give you themselves.
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Fadiman, Cliff

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