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Джон Эрскин

Дата рождения: 5. Октябрь 1879
Дата смерти: 2. Июнь 1951

Джон Эрскин — американский писатель, поэт и эссеист.


„Музыка — это единственный язык, на котором нельзя сказать ничего гнусного и лицемерного.“

„Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.“


„I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.“

„It is fatal to suppose the great writer was too wise or too profound for us ever to understand him; to think of art so is not to praise but to murder it, for the next step after that tribute will be neglect of the masterpiece.“

„In the Fourth Eclogue also Vergil has still the enthusiasm of youth. Few poems are so rich in magnificent lines or in stirring hopes... His hope is for a golden age in which there shall be no toil, no commerce, no sorrow, yet he still wants a high development of the intellectual life, the speculations of science, the practical application of knowledge.“ The Delight of Great Books

„Whenever we read a book we love, we change it, to some extent. We read into it our own interpretations, and the meanings which the words have taken on in our time. If a book is so rigid that it cannot lend itself to these fluctuations, it is useful only while it seems strictly true, and afterwards it is completely out of date.“ The Delight of Great Books

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