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Mark Van Doren
June 13, 1894 - December 10, 1972
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.


Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king.


Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.


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.


Nothing in man is more serious than his sense of humor; it is the sign that he wants all the truth.


When it aims to express a love of the world it refuses to conceal the many reasons why the world is hard to love, though we must love it because we have no other, and to fail to love it is not to exist at all.


To fail to love is not to exist at all.


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