12 quotes found by M. H. Abrams

M. H. Abrams
When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas.
Graduation  history  ideas  # 4373
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We worked on solving the problem of voice communications in a noisy military environment. We established military codes that are highly audible and invented selection tests for personnel who had a superior ability to recognize sound in a noisy background.
Problem  Ability  voice  # 4374
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It's amazing how, age after age, in country after country, and in all languages, Shakespeare emerges as incomparable.
Amazing  age  Languages  # 4375
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If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.
poetry  Means  read  # 4376
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If you learn one thing from having lived through decades of changing views, it is that all predictions are necessarily false.
learn  Lived  Changing  # 4377
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Key metaphors help determine what and how we perceive and how we think about our perceptions.
Help  Key  Determine  # 4378
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The theories of the major philosophers of the 18th century secular enlightenment were biblical and theological in spite of themselves.
Themselves  bible  Major  # 4379
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The survival of artistic modes in which we recognize ourselves, identify ourselves and place ourselves will survive as long as humanity survives.
Ourselves  humanity  Survive  # 4380
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Hard work makes easy reading or, at least, easier reading.
work  Easy  reading  # 4381
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We are human, and nothing is more interesting to us than humanity.
humanity  # 4382
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When something startlingly new comes up, young people, especially, seize it. You can't complain about that. I think its heyday has passed, but it's had an effect and will continue to have an effect.
Continue  Complain  Effect  # 4383
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John Updike is always fun. And one of my former students, Tom Pynchon. And Harold Bloom, another former student.
Another  fun  Student  # 4384