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Intern’s Report: The Beauty of Language

  • Aileen Gray '14
    Aileen Gray '14

Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House

June 18, 2013
Literary House Summer Intern Aileen Gray ‘14 shares a list of some of her favorite literary quotes.

There are always those favorite passages that, once you’ve read them, stick with you forever.  You write them down in your journal or put them on a sticky-note on your desktop or keep them saved in the recesses of your mind to turn to like an old friend when you need a pick-me-up of wit or wisdom, inspiration or commiseration. 

Having found myself once again looking through a list of quotes I’ve kept for myself, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites about writing and about language. 


“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” 

Rudyard Kipling


“You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.  You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.” 

Ray Bradbury


“You can make anything by writing.” 

C.S. Lewis


“Pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language.” 

Muriel Barbery

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