Edith Hamilton

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Edith Hamilton

Civilization...is a matter of imponderables, of delight in the thins of the mind, of love of beauty, of honor, grace, courtesy, delicate feeling. Where imponderables, are things of first importance, there is the height of civilization, and, if at the same time, the power of art exists unimpaired, human life has reached a level seldom attained and very seldom surpassed.More Edith Hamilton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.More Edith Hamilton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth.More Edith Hamilton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.More Edith Hamilton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The fundamental fact about the Greek was that he had to use his mind. The ancient priests had said, Thus far and no farther. We set the limits of thought. The Greek said, All things are to be examined and called into question. There are no limits set on thought.More Edith Hamilton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are few efforts more conducive to humility than that of the translator trying to communicate an incommunicable beauty. Yet, unless we do try, something unique and never surpassed will cease to exist except in the libraries of a few inquisitive book lovers.More Edith Hamilton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed.More Edith Hamilton [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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