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Archibald MacLeish (1892 – 1982)


American poet, writer and the Librarian of Congress.
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Archibald MacLeish
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.
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Races didn't bother the Americans. They were something a lot better than any race. They were a People. They were the first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created People in the history of the world. And their manners were their own business. And so were their politics. And so, but ten times so, were their souls.
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It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.




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The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
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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.
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A poem should not mean
But be.
Archibald MacLeish
We are as great as our belief in human liberty — no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.
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To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold--brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
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What is more important in a library than anything else — is the fact that it exists.
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