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Religion is applied mythology.

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Advertising—a judicious mixture of flattery and threats.


Direct and simple language always has some force behind it.
— Northrop Frye


Most of my writing consists of an attempt to translate aphorisms into continuous prose.


The book is the most efficient technological instrument for learning that has ever been devised by the human mind.


Literature begins with the possible model of experience, and what it produces is the literary model we call the classic.


An open mind, to be sure, should be open at both ends, like the food pipe, and have a capacity for excretion as well as intake.


To enter the United States is a matter of crossing an ocean; to enter Canada is a matter of being silently swallowed by an alien continent.


Censorship and democracy Don't mix, and there is no argument in favor or censorship that does not assume an antidemocratic social tendency.


The only way to forestall the work of criticism is through censorship, which has the same relation to criticism that lynching has to justice.


The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.


However rationalized it may be censorship is always an attack on human intelligence and imagination and is always a sign of weakness, not strength, in those who enforce it.