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Lawrence Clark Powell

Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow.

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Unless their use by readers bring them to life, books are indeed dead things.

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Books themselves need no defense. Their spokesmen come and go, their readers live and die, they remain constant.

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To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual, a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity, and creative strength.

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What makes a book great, a so-called classic, it its quality of always being modern, of its author, though he be long dead, continuing to speak to each new generation.

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No university in the world has ever risen to greatness without a correspondingly great library... When this is no longer true, then will our civilization have come to an end.

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We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed.

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