Archibald Macleish

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Archibald Macleish

What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is. It is the American Dream.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What is more important in a library than anything else -- than everything else -- is the fact that it exists.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What happened at Hiroshima was not only that a scientific breakthrough had occurred and that a great part of the population of a city had been burned to death, but that the problem of the relation of the triumphs of modern science to the human purposes of man had been explicitly defined.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
America is promises to take! America is promises to us to take them.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed. There are few manifestations any longer of the old American self-assurance which so irritated Dickens. Instead, there is a sense of frustration so perceptible that even our politicians have attempted to exploit it.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wildness and silence disappeared from the countryside, sweetness fell from the air, not because anyone wished them to vanish or fall but because throughways had to floor the meadows with cement to carry the automobiles which advancing technology produced. Tropical beaches turned into high-priced slums where thousand-room hotels elbowed each other for glimpses of once-famous surf not because those who loved the beaches wanted them there but because enormous jets could bring a million tourists every year -- and therefore did.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To see the earth as we now see it, small 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 unending night -- brothers who see now they are truly brothers.More Archibald Macleish [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man.More Archibald Macleish [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.More Archibald Macleish [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.More Archibald Macleish [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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.More Archibald Macleish [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.More Archibald Macleish [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is. It is the American Dream.More Archibald Macleish [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.More Archibald Macleish [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.More Archibald Macleish [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.More Archibald Macleish [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To separate journalism and poetry, therefore-history and poetry-to set them up at opposite ends of the world of discourse, is to separate seeing from the feel of seeing, emotion from the acting of emotion, knowledge from the realization of knowledge.More Archibald Macleish [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think you have to deal with the confused situation that we're faced with by seizing on the glimpses and particles of life, seizing on them and holding them and trying to make a pattern of them. In other words, trying to put a world back together again out of its fragmentary moments.More Archibald Macleish [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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