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This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers:
they treat the text as a part of themselves,
as a possession.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

For several centuries what has passed for song in literary
circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for
a commonplace melodic setting.
- David Antin

No poem, not even Shakespeare or Milton or Chaucer,
is ever strong enough to totally exclude every crucial precursor text or poem.
- Harold Bloom

History could pass for a scarlet text,
its jot and title graven red in human blood.
- Eldridge Cleaver

 

We're given the springboard of the text,
a plane ticket, told to report to Alabama,
and there's a group of people all ready to make a film
and it's a marvelous life.
- Albert Finney

The text is a limited field of possible constructions.
- Paul Ricoeur

When you work on a text of a lesser quality,
as the interpreter or the delivery person,
you are obliged to try to fill it out as you see so
many people do in lesser work.
- Mandy Patinkin

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No one should be allowed to make music as if he were made of wood.
One must reproduce the musical text exactly,
but not play like a stone.
- Olivier Messiaen

Acting doesn't bring anything to a text.
On the contrary, it detracts from it.
- Elaine Dundy

Singing beautiful melodies is one thing,
but to deliver the text so that the people understand it,
even in a foreign language, has to be worked at very hard.
- Maureen Forrester

Tone can be as important as text.
- Edward Koch

Hidden in a long text, there are perhaps three lines that count.
- Alexander Kluge

The President had every reason to believe that the
text presented to him was sound...
These 16 words should never have been included in the
text written for the president.
- George Tenet

My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages
are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language.
- Edward Gibbon

When you make as many speeches and you talk as much
as I do and you get away from the text,
it's always a possibility to get a few words tangled here and there.
- Dan Quayle

There are already a lot of devices in our lives that
have rich text or the ability to handle graphics.
Our devices are designed to be understood in less than a quarter of a second.
- David Rose

We have cut the text, but what remains are Shakespeare's words.
- Edward Hall

What our eyes behold may well be the text of life but
one's meditations on the text and the disclosures of
these meditations are no less a part of the structure of reality.
- Wallace Stevens

In Count Julian I simply proposed to create a text
which would allow for diverse levels of reading.
- Juan Goytisolo

We had seen God in His splendors, heard the text that Nature renders.
We had reached the naked soul of man.
- Ernest Shackleton

What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway
between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?
- Antonin Scalia

If every editor turns you down, maybe you should take
a second look at your text,
however, just in case.
- Piers Anthony

I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that
a text displays for continuing to generate different readings,
without ever being completely consumed.
- Umberto Eco

Then one day I thought it would be wonderful to make a whole book,
to make my text and my drawings together,
and that's how I started doing children's books.
- Dick Bruna

Woman: the peg on which the wit hangs his jest,
the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch and the
sinner his justification.
- Helen Rowland

The first forty years of life give us the text;
the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

I feel so gratified about having finished college.
I learned how to articulate myself.
It gave me confidence more than anything.
And also the ability to analyze the text.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal

Each reader needs to bring his or her own mind and heart to the text.
- Dean Koontz

Sometimes it seems like there's more footnotes than text.
This isn't something we're proud of,
and over time we'd like to see our footnotes steadily shrink.
- Barry Diller

You learn your text and have it in the back of your head,
without a thought as to how you're going to say it.
- Kelly Lynch

The occasion of this sadness is expressed in a word,
but must be considered in many more,
as being the principal concernment both of the Text and Time.
- John Pearson

If it is true that there is always more than one way of construing a text,
it is not true that all interpretations are equal.
- Paul Ricoeur

If there's ever a place where you can't argue that
you can put the facts over here and the text over there and see if they fit,
it is surely in anthropology.
- Clifford Geertz

People aren't used to thinking of cultural forms spreading
out across the full range of formal interactions -
or what is called the "text" in literary terms.
- Tony Conrad

Music is the melody whose text is the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text,
perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe;
it can even be the poem's overall form.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

It is a good idea to know which publishers publish which stories.
For example, there is no sense in sending a picture
book text to a publisher who does not publish picture books.
- Margaret Mahy

I look for people who're passionate,
dedicated to the text,
and in whom I trust completely.
- Greta Scacchi

That text-books be permitted in Catholic schools such
as will not offend the religious views of the minority,
and which from an educational standpoint shall be satisfactory to the advisory board.
- Charles Tupper

The way we make sense of a realistic text is through
the same broad ideological frame as the way we make
sense of our social experience or rather,
the way we are made sense of by the discourses of our culture.
- John Fiske

What is the biggest public forum in the United States?
We were told it's the Super Bowl.
The ad shows kids working at blue-collar jobs,
and the final statement is just written text:
Who's going to pay for the trillion dollar deficit?
- Joan Blades

But theater, because of its nature, both text,
images, multimedia effects, has a wider base of communication with an audience.
That's why I call it the most social of the various art forms.
- Wole Soyinka

I'd always liked to write, but I never wanted to be a writer,
because it seemed a sissy occupation.
It is.
To this day, I find it terribly easy.
And so, rather than trying to hunt up a text,
I just wrote one.
- Daniel Pinkwater

We look to the history of the time of framing and to
the intervening history of interpretation.
But the ultimate question must be, what do the words
of the text mean in our time.
- William J. Brennan, Jr.

When you start thinking about taking pictures,
sending an e-mail, receiving an e-mail,
speaking into your phone and have it transcript voice
into text and then sent as an e-mail,
it's mind-boggling.
- Steve Largent

Half of Google's revenue comes from selling text-based
ads that are placed near search results and are related
to the topic of the search.
Another half of its revenues come from licensing its
search technology to companies like Yahoo.
- Eric Schmidt

I have no problem selling books to media franchises
and we do it all the time.
The author must understand that he/she is a writer
for hire and has no control over copyright or over
editorial changes made to the text.
- Richard Curtis

Isn't one of your first exercises in learning how to
communicate to write a description of how to tie your
shoelaces? The point being that it's basically impossible
to use text to show that.
- Donald Norman

The views of the European Union are fully reflected in this text,
particularly the key objective of the EU,
namely vigorously to address the disarmament of Iraq
and to do so within the framework of the UN Security Council.
- Javier Solana

Unlike then, the mail stream of today has diminished
by such things as e-mails and faxes and cell phones and text messages,
largely electronic means of communication that replace mail.
- John M. McHugh

At Leeds the idea of an international labour organization
appeared in a trade-union text which also drew attention
to the danger to the working classes inherent in the
existence of international capitalist competition.
- Leon Jouhaux

I was dating this guy and we would spend all day text messaging each other.
And he thought that he could tell that he liked me
more because he actually spelt the word 'YOU' and I just put the letter 'U'.
- Kelly Osbourne

The process of creation goes on all the time.
When I get through, I feel I know what the character
will do in every situation.
But the building up of the part is not mechanical or deliberate.
It grows out of the text.
- Donald Pleasence

In our daily lives as programmers, we process text strings a lot.
So I tried to work hard on text processing,
namely the string class and regular expressions.
Regular expressions are built into the language and
are very tuned up for use.
- Yukihiro Matsumoto

Eventually I found it had been working all along-but
didn't show anything on screen until it had the first full page of text.
I inserted 30 new lines, and suddenly my toy said 'hEllO woRlD'.
An hour later I understood alphabet shifting rather better!
- Graham Nelson

I felt a little green, because Shakespeare writes the
thought process within the text;
it was tricky not to think of what to say and then say it,
and instead just deliver the lines.
- Neil Patrick Harris

I think it comes from really liking literary forms.
Poetry is very beautiful, but the space on the page
can be as affecting as where the text is.
Like when Miles Davis doesn't play, it has a poignancy to it.
- Jim Jarmusch

Given the devaluation of literature and of the study
of foreign languages per se in the United States,
as well as the preponderance of theory over text in
graduate literature studies,
creative writing programs keep literature courses populated.
- Marilyn Hacker

Happy to see that the Automobile Club of Monaco,
opened its doors to the public to attend a considerable event.
The promotion of this event will be made by the image and by the text,
but still by word of mouth.
- Jacky Ickx

I didn't care about that because I'm not a diplomatic person to begin with.
I just went along with things and did what I wanted
to do because I knew they had to shoot their 12 pages a day.
And when they realized that I didn't alter the text
they really didn't mind what I did.
- William Devane

A text of Tibetan Buddhism describes the time of death
as a unique opportunity for spiritual liberation from
the cycles of death and rebirth and a period that determines our next incarnation.
- Stanislav Grof

You know, I said I have this problem that I need to
more carefully read Akron's text because it's too much,
too much fantasy, and so I am busy with other stuff -
it's funny,
it's nice to hear that someone is studying that carefully
and now I know a little bit more about that.
- H. R. Giger

Some authors have a very hard time understanding that
in order to be faithful to the spirit of the book,
it's almost always impossible to remain faithful to the text.
You have to make changes.
- Richard Russo

Never preach a sermon without a text from the Bible,
a text containing the theme which you can elaborate.
The text is the best proof in support of your argument.
A sermon without a text is an argument without a proof.
- Isaac Mayer Wise

Do not separate text from historical background.
If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution,
which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form
of illegitimate government.
- James Madison

What you're doing is putting into professional play
the way that you relate to other people,
the way that you analyze and relate to a written text,
the way that you would persuade anybody to do anything.
It has to do with listening, with humility and a sense of yourself.
- Trevor Nunn

I was paid to read Western economic texts.
In a way, the regime paid for their own undermining.
- Vaclav Klaus

Many, many composers have only found their way to a certain form,
through familiarizing themselves with texts.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Some of the poetic writers who insert passages of realism
in their texts have no underlying philosophy to uphold them,
and revert to realism.
- Marguerite Young

The bases for historical knowledge are not empirical facts but written texts,
even if these texts masquerade in the guise of wars or revolutions.
- Paul Deman

My most resolute opponents believe that I am too visible,
that I am a little too alive, that my name echoes too
much in the texts which they nevertheless claim to be inaccessible.
- Jacques Derrida


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