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#1. Compared to the unleashed forces of warfare and of faith, Mount Vesuvius was kinder to the legacy of antiquity. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#2. The bookworm - "one of the teeth of time," as Hooke put it - is no longer familiar to ordinary readers, but the ancients knew it very well. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#3. What I wanted to do was to get that sense of being in touch with this lost world while holding onto what draws readers and audiences there in the first place. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#4. First of all, Shakespeare is about pleasure and interest. He was from the first moment he actually wrote something for the stage, and he remains so. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#5. No. Honour hath not skill in surgery, then? No. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#6. Our sense that a library is a public good and our idea of what such a place should look like derived precisely from a model created in Rome several thousand years ago. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#7. I wanted to hold onto and exploit the power of narrative. This is not only a book about a great storyteller, but there have to be stories about the storyteller. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#8. What human beings can and should do, he wrote, is to conquer their fears, accept the fact that they themselves and all the things they encounter are transitory, and embrace the beauty and the pleasure of the world. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#9. I am committed by trade to urging people to attend carefully to the verbal surfaces of what they read. Much of the pleasure and interest of poetry depends on such attention. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#10. Well it is certainly the case that the poems - which were in fact published during Shakespeare's lifetime - are weird if they began or originated in this form, as I think they did, because the poems get out of control. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#11. The exercise of reason is not available only to specialists; it is accessible to everyone. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#12. The key point, as Epicurus' disciple Lucretius wrote in verses of unrivalled beauty, was to abandon the anxious and doomed attempt to build higher and higher walls and to turn instead toward the cultivation of pleasure. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#13. I believe that nothing comes of nothing, even in Shakespeare. I wanted to know where he got the matter he was working with and what he did with that matter. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#14. I believe in broken, fractured, complicated narratives, but I believe in narratives as a vehicle for truth, not simply as a form of entertainment, though I love entertainment, but also a way of conveying what needs to be conveyed about the works that I care about. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#15. In . . . Menenius Agrippa, Shakespeare draws a deft portrait of a successful conservative politician, altogether in the camp of the rich but adept at presenting himself as the people's friend. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#16. affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#17. Now a Protestant confronting a Catholic ghost is exactly Shakespeare's way of grappling with what was not simply a general social problem but one lived out in his own life. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#18. But if Shakespeare himself is maybe about meaning and truth, I don't know, then he is certainly about pleasure and interest, we start with pleasure and interest, but maybe eventually it gets to meaning and truth. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#19. In short, it became possible - never easy, but possible - in the poet Auden's phrase to find the mortal world enough. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#20. The greatest obstacle to pleasure is not pain; it is delusion. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#21. I believe that it is a whole lifetime of work on Shakespeare's part that enabled him to do what he did. But the question is how you can explain this whole lifetime in such a way to make it accessible and available to us, to me. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#22. First of all, there was a volcano of words, an eruption of words that Shakespeare had never used before that had never been used in the English language before. It's astonishing. It pours out of him. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#23. Shakespeare believed that . . . tyrants and their minions would ultimately fail, brought down by their own viciousness and by a popular spirit of humanity that could be suppressed but never completely extinguished. The best chance for the recovery of collective decency lay, he thought, in the political action of ordinary citizens. He never lost sight of . . . the hungry citizen who demanded economic justice. 'What is the city but the people? #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#24. There was a time in the ancient world - a very long time - in which the central cultural problem must have seemed an inexhaustible outpouring of books. Where to put them all? How to organize them on the groaning shelves? How to hold the profusion of knowledge in one's head? The loss of this plenitude would have been virtually inconceivable to anyone living in its midst.
Then, not all at once but with the cumulative force of a mass extinction, the whole enterprise came to an end. What looked stable turned out to be fragile, and what had seemed for all time was only for the time being. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#25. A comparably capacious embrace of beauty and pleasure - an embrace that somehow extends to death as well as life, to dissolution as well as creation - characterizes Montaigne's restless reflections on matter in motion, Cervantes's chronicle of his mad knight, Michelangelo's depiction of flayed skin, Leonardo's sketches of whirlpools, Caravaggio's loving attention to the dirty soles of Christ's feet. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#26. I began with the desire to speak with the dead. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#27. Writing is a performance, like singing an aria or dancing a jig #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#28. The patricians urge [Coriolanus] to set aside his most deeply held convictions for the purpose of getting elected. They want him to lie and to pander and to play the demagogue. Once he is securely in office, there will be plenty of time for him to resume his actual stance and to roll back the concessions that have been made to the poor. It is the most familiar of political games: the plutocrat, born into every privilege and inwardly contemptuous of those beneath him, who mouths the rhetoric of populism during the electoral campaign, abandoning it as soon as it has served his purposes. The Romans had boiled it all down to a conventional performance, comparable to a well-coiffed politician's donning of a hard hat at a rally held at a construction site... #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#29. Poems are difficult to silence. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#30. My father who in this case was an obsessive life-long storyteller, and by a very peculiar trick of my father's. My father would tell a very, very long story, and the punch line would be in Yiddish. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#31. What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the English language to a young man. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#32. Populism may look like an embrace of the have-nots, but in reality it is a form of cynical exploitation. The unscrupulous leader has no actual interest in bettering the lot of the poor. Surrounded from birth with great wealth, his tastes run to extravagant luxuries, and he finds nothing remotely appealing the lives of underclasses... But he sees that they can be made to further his ambition. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#33. We are terrified of future catastrophes and are thrown into a continuous state of misery and anxiety, and for fear of becoming miserable, we never cease to be so, always panting for riches and never giving our souls or our bodies a moment's peace. But those who are content with little live day by day and treat any day like a feast day. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#34. What matters here are the works - finally without them his life would be uninteresting. What matters, that is, are the astonishing things that he left behind. If we can get the life in relation to the works, then it can take off. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#35. He [Cade] promises to make England great again. How will he do that? He shows the crowd at once: he attacks education. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#36. I've been at this for 40 years. And, as an academic, I've been content with relatively small audiences, with the thought that the audience I long for will find its way eventually to what I have written, provided that what I have written is good enough. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#37. The group shared a combination of extreme marginality and arrogant snobbishness. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#38. Stability itself is nothing but a more languid motion. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#39. Art always penetrates the particular fissures in one's psychic life. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#40. Instead, he wrote, quoting Lucretius, there were multiple worlds, where the seeds of things, in their infinite numbers, would certainly combine to form other races of men, other creatures. Each of the fixed stars observed in the sky is a sun, scattered through limitless space. Many of these are accompanied by satellites that revolve around them as the earth revolves around our sun. The universe is not all about us, about our behavior and our destiny; we are only a tiny piece of something inconceivably larger. And that should not make us shrink in fear. Rather, we should embrace the world in wonder and gratitude and awe. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#41. I think the writing of literature should give pleasure. What else should it be about? It is not nuclear physics. It actually has to give pleasure or it is worth nothing. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
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#42. No special writing rituals. And my desk is usually cluttered. #Quote by Stephen Greenblatt
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen R. Covey
#43. If I am emotionally interdependent, I derive a great sense of worth within myself, but I also recognize the need for love, for giving, and for receiving love from others. #Quote by Stephen R. Covey
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Crane
#44. Truth ... Is a breath, a wind, A shadow, a phantom; Long have I pursued it, But never have I touched The hem of its garment. #Quote by Stephen Crane
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen King
#45. The King is in his Tower, eating bread and honey. The Breakers in the basement, making all the money. #Quote by Stephen King
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#46. So you have to weigh that consequence against the other consequence and make a choice. I know if it were me, I'd choose to go on the tennis trip. But never say you have to do anything. #Quote by Stephen R. Covey
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen King
#47. " Science is beginning to encroach on every level of our volition". And to me, that is a frightening social concept. It doesn't have anything to do with the right to have an abortion verses the right to life. It has to do with the ability of science to keep things alive and the ability of science to really control our lives. #Quote by Stephen King
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#48. I was struck to my heart and through my heart, knocked clean out of my ordinary life. #Quote by Stephen King
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Richards
#49. Each minute of my life is brand new and ready to be used. #Quote by Stephen Richards
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Deyth Banger
#50. I just started watching KingDom Hospital series by Stephen King - Pretty Interesting Film. I just continue watching the series 11.22.63 incrediable film. It's wonderful that you can go in the past, who doesn't want to do this? #Quote by Deyth Banger
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#51. And when there are enough outsiders together in one place, a mystic osmosis takes place and you're inside. #Quote by Stephen King
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Lloyd Jones
#52. His hearts beat crazily in his chest, so laboured he thought it might burst. #Quote by Stephen Lloyd Jones
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Gardiner
#53. In the crowded and difficult conditions of a steep hillside, houses have had to struggle to establish their territory and to survive. #Quote by Stephen Gardiner
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Jay Gould
#54. The great merit of Stephen Gould's account of the disastrous history of phychometrics is that he shifts the argument from a sterile contest between environmentalists and hereditarians and turns it into an argument between those who are impressed with what our biology stops us doing and those who are impressed with what it allows us to do. #Quote by Stephen Jay Gould
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Mansfield
#55. There is a schizophrenic nature in modern politics. A leader is expected to have a religious faith but he is not supposed to let it influence him in his duties. Somehow, the truths that determine everything else about his existence are not allowed to influence how he conducts himself in public life. Not only that, his principles are usually considered so personal that the public is not even allowed to know for certain what they are. This passes for noble statecraft in our time. It was once thought cowardice. #Quote by Stephen Mansfield
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Hawking
#56. When I get to heaven I'm gonna find the guy in charge of the weather and kick his rear. #Quote by Stephen Hawking
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Baldwin
#57. When you do reality, you have to be pretty careful. You have to almost monitor yourself to make sure that you don't get yourself in situations that you shouldn't. #Quote by Stephen Baldwin
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Leacock
#58. You can never have international peace as long as you have national poverty. #Quote by Stephen Leacock
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Lovegrove
#59. I couldn't stop crying. This fact in and of itself alarmed me, because for so long, I hadn't been able to cry. And now, here I was, weeping.

It didn't feel therapeutic. I know scientists promise that all the negative hormones are being released as you cry, but I didn't notice my emotional stability rising as the tears fell. I just knew I was crying, and my whole body was shaking, and I couldn't make it stop. #Quote by Stephen Lovegrove
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen King
#60. You lost your innocence when you grew up, all right, everyone knew that, but did you have to lose your hope, as well? #Quote by Stephen King
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Roche
#61. I never want to abandon my bike. I see my grandfather, now in his seventies and riding around everywhere. To me that is beautiful. And the bike must always remain a part of my life. #Quote by Stephen Roche
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#62. For the next ten minutes we talked theology in the green corn while early summer clouds - the best clouds, the ones that float like schooners - sailed slowly above us, trailing their shadows like wakes. #Quote by Stephen King
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#63. I'm not sure anyone gets completely over their first love, and that still rankles. #Quote by Stephen King
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen King
#64. There were those who might have suggested that reality is a highly untrustworthy concept, something perhaps no more solid than a piece of canvas stretched over an interlacing of cables like the strands of a spiderweb. #Quote by Stephen King
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Hawking
#65. The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. #Quote by Stephen Hawking
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Crane
#66. The man had arrived at that stage of drunkenness where affection is felt for the universe. #Quote by Stephen Crane
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen King
#67. Chris: I'm never gonna get out of this town am I, Gordie?
Gordie: You can do anything you want, man.
Chris: Yeah, sure. Give me some skin.
Gordie: I'll see ya.
Chris: Not if I see you first. #Quote by Stephen King
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Colbert
#68. If you like Battlestar Galactica ... you're probably a huge nerd. #Quote by Stephen Colbert
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Patrick O'Brian
#69. A virtuous esculent! #Quote by Patrick O'Brian
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Patrick O'Brian
#70. Stephen had been put to sleep in his usual room, far from children and noise, away in that corner of the house which looked down to the orchard and the bowling-green, and in spite of his long absence it was so familiar to him that when he woke at about three he made his way to the window almost as quickly as if dawn had already broken, opened it and walked out onto the balcony. The moon had set: there was barely a star to be seen. The still air was delightfully fresh with falling dew, and a late nightingale, in an indifferent voice, was uttering a routine jug-jug far down in Jack's plantations; closer at hand and more agreeable by far, nightjars churred in the orchard, two of them, or perhaps three, the sound rising and falling, intertwining so that the source could not be made out for sure. There were few birds that he preferred to nightjars, but it was not they that had brought him out of bed: he stood leaning on the balcony rail and presently Jack Aubrey, in a summer-house by the bowling-green, began again, playing very gently in the darkness, improvising wholly for himself, dreaming away on his violin with a mastery that Stephen had never heard equalled, though they had played together for years and years.

Like many other sailors Jack Aubrey had long dreamed of lying in his warm bed all night long; yet although he could now do so with a clear conscience he often rose at unChristian hours, particularly if he were moved by strong emotion, and crept from his bedro #Quote by Patrick O'Brian
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen R. Lawhead
#71. If ever I boast of seeing a fairer face in all this wide world, may I die a liar's death. #Quote by Stephen R. Lawhead
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Sprouse
#72. I don't know if it's a movement, but the only thing new that's happening is that I think music and art and video and fashion are all kind of thrown into one big ball that's on television, and people see that all the time - you see a fusion of all those things. #Quote by Stephen Sprouse
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Richards
#73. The future never happens; there will always be a future. #Quote by Stephen Richards
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Kendrick
#74. Instead of following your heart, you are choosing to lead to lead it. The world says to follow your heart, but if you are not it, then someone or something else is. The Bible says that "the heart is more deceitful than all else" (Jeremiah 17:9), and it will always pursue that which feels right at the moment. #Quote by Stephen Kendrick
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Colbert
#75. Hey, single malt scotch, youre thirty years old. When are you going to settle down and get married to my stomach? #Quote by Stephen Colbert
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen L. Carter
#76. The very aspect of religions that many of their critics most fear - that the religiously devout, in the name of their faith, take positions that differ from approved state policy - is one of their strengths. #Quote by Stephen L. Carter
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Richards
#77. A broken and mended relationship turns out to be stronger than one that has never been broken, almost like how bones can become even stronger once broken and then healed. #Quote by Stephen Richards
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Spender
#78. The greatest poets are those with memories so great that they extend beyond their strongest experiences to their minutest observations of people and things far outside their own self-centeredness. #Quote by Stephen Spender
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#79. I am no fan of books. #Quote by Stephen Colbert
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#80. I love my creature comforts. #Quote by Stephen Graham
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Covey
#81. To judge individuals before understanding them is a form of human rejection and feeds upon itself. #Quote by Stephen Covey
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Fry
#82. I met too frankly preposterous, if it weren't for their banal evil, politicians and pastors who told knowing lies about the evils of homosexuality in order to attract bigger flocks to their churches and more votes and power to their corrupt councils. LGBT people seem to be being scapegoated more and more just as at the same time in more enlightened countries more and more freedom to express themselves, marry, be given official intersex status and so on is offered. #Quote by Stephen Fry
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Richards
#83. On Christmas morning, my Mam and Dad were downstairs shouting to me to look out the window.
They'd shout, 'There's Santa.'
Dad used to ring this bell and say it was one of Santa's bells on the sleigh. I could hear Santa's bells ringing as I jumped out of bed, really excited and I looked out the bedroom window in to the dark morning, fully expecting to see Santa and co magically flying through the air and maybe even he would spot me and give me a wave.
'I can't see him,' I'd proclaim in sadness and then the bells would stop and I knew he'd have gone to someone else's house, but I also knew that he hadn't forgotten me.
I'd run downstairs and in to the room whilst still in my pyjamas where the prezzies were. The excitement was unbelievable and my parents used to buzz as they watched my face beaming up at them in joy. #Quote by Stephen Richards
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Sondheim
#84. There's a hole in the world like a big black pit who are filled with people who are filled with shit. #Quote by Stephen Sondheim
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Jay Gould
#85. The median isn't the message. #Quote by Stephen Jay Gould
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen Colbert
#86. I have a morality. I don't know if it's the best morality. And I do like thinking. If people perceive that as a moral intellectualism, that's fine. That's up to them to decide. #Quote by Stephen Colbert
Greenblatt Stephen quotes by Stephen King
#87. Just don't expect to get what you want unless we decide its what you need - this isn't a hotel.. This is a quiet place.. You won't work; mostly you'll just sit. Give you a chance to think things over. #Quote by Stephen King

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