Best Quotes by Archibald MacLeish (Top 10)

  1. 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
  2. There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.
  3. What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice.
  4. Around, around the sun we go: The moon goes round the earth. We do not die of death: We die of vertigo.
  5. Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.
  6. The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
  7. A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.
  8. The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life - to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity.
  9. 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.
  10. A poem should not mean but be.

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