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Mark Van Doren Quotes

(1894-1972), American Poet, Critic

To be what no one ever was, to be what everyone has been: Freedom is the mean of those extremes that fence all effort in.

Category: Freedom

To fail to love is not to exist at all.

Category: Love

The job of the poet is to render the world -- to see it and report it without loss, without perversion. No poet ever talks about feelings. Only sentimental people do.

Category: Poetry And Poets

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

Category: Teachers And Teaching

Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.

Category: Wit