Best Quotes by Robert Penn Warren (Top 10)

  1. Tell me a story of deep delight.
  2. The end of man is knowledge, but there is one thing he can't know. He can't know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can't know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasn't got and which if he had it, would save him.
  3. And what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of the bad and the bad out of the good, and the devil take the hindmost.
  4. The lack of a sense of history is the damnation of the modern world.
  5. It is a human defect—to try to know one's self by the self of another.
  6. Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake.
  7. Tell me a story. / In this century, and moment, of mania, tell me a story. / Make it a story of great distances, and starlight. / The name of the story will be time, / But you must not speak its name. / Tell me a story of deep delight.
  8. There was nothing particularly wrong with them; they were just the ordinary garden variety of human garbage.
  9. Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write.
  10. ...a man does not die for words. He dies for his relation to them.

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