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Edith Hamilton

Hamilton c. 1897
Born (1867-08-12)August 12, 1867
Dresden, North German Confederation
Died May 31, 1963(1963-05-31) (aged 95)
Washington, D.C.
Occupation Classical scholar, author
Nationality German, American
Period 1930–1957
Subject Ancient Greece
Greek philosophy
Mythology

The modern minds in each generation are the critics who preserve us from a petrifying world, who will not leave us to walk undisturbed in the ways of our fathers.
Edith Hamilton
None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.
Edith Hamilton
Great art is the expression of a solution of the conflict between the demands of the world without and that within.
Edith Hamilton
A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can.
Edith Hamilton
Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.
Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth.
Edith Hamilton
To be able to be caught up into the world of thought – that is being educated.
Edith Hamilton
When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
Edith Hamilton
Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed.
The fullness of life is in the hazards of life.
When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos.
Edith Hamilton