Quotes by: Edith Hamilton
Hamilton c. 1897
August 12, 1867|
Dresden, North German Confederation
||May 31, 1963
||Classical scholar, author
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.
None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.
Great art is the expression of a solution of the conflict between the demands of the world without and that within.
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.
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.
To be able to be caught up into the world of thought - that is being educated.
When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos.