Archibald MacLeish Quotes

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A poem should not mean but be.
— Archibald MacLeish
A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.

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Poets, you see, are literal-minded men who will squeeze a word till it hurts.

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Poetry alone imagines, and imagining creates the world that people can wish to live in and make true.
— Archibald MacLeish
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.

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A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard–by stealing what he has a taste for and can carry off.

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A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard—by stealing what he has a taste for and can carry off.

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There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream.

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For the existence of a library, the fact of its existence, is, in itself and of itself, an assertion—a proposition nailed like Luther's to the door of time.

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