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Stephen Vincent Benet Quotes


An American author, poet, short story writer and novelist.
(1898 - 1943)

(Abraham Lincoln's) weathered face was homely as a plowed field.
 

As for what you're calling hard luck - well, we made New England out of it. That and codfish.
 

Dreaming men are haunted men.
 

He could fiddle all the bugs off a sweet-potato vine.
[Music]
 

Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity.
[Honesty]
 

I had lost something in youth and made money instead.
[Age]
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I have fallen in love with American names, the sharp names that never get fat.
 

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.
 

We do not fight for the real but for shadows we make A flag is a piece of cloth and a word is a sound, But we make them something neither cloth nor a sound Tokens of love and hate, black sorcery stones.
[Reason]
 

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.