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Archibald MacLeish
1892 - 1982

American poet, social critic, Librarian of Congress (1939-1944)


... that peculiar disease of intellectuals, that infatuation with ideas at the expense of experience, that compels experience to conform to bookish expectations.

We are as great as our belief in human liberty -- no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.

from "Now Let Us Address the Main Question: Bicentennial of What?", published in the New York Times, quoted in the Columbia Dictionary of Quotations
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.

Dec. 16, 1956 - from "In Praise of Dissent", published in the New York Times, quoted in the Columbia Dictionary of Quotations