My cultural heroes

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My cultural heroes

  1. 1. Some of My Cultural Heroes and the things they’ve said
  2. 2. William Butler Yeats
  3. 3. “Gratitude to Unknown Teachers” “What they undertook to do They brought to pass; All things hang like a drop of dew Upon a blade of grass.”
  4. 4. Van Morrison
  5. 5. “And our souls were clean And the grass did grow” “Streets of Arklow”
  6. 6. Greg Brown
  7. 7. “It’s just as well we don’t know when things Will never be that good again.”
  8. 8. Willa Cather
  9. 9. “Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.”
  10. 10. Leo Tolstoy
  11. 11. “He was nine years old and quite a child, but he knew his soul, it was dear to him, and he guarded it as the eyelid guards the eye, and never let anyone enter his heart without the key of love.”
  12. 12. James Baldwin
  13. 13. “A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.”
  14. 14. Charles Dickens
  15. 15. "The school is not quite deserted,” said the Ghost. "A solitary child, neglected by his friends, is left there still."
  16. 16. Robert Bly
  17. 17. “Sometimes I go about pitying myself, And all the time I am being carried on great winds across the sky.”
  18. 18. Van Morrison (again)
  19. 19. ”And all the little girls rhyme something On the way back home from school And the leaves fall one by one And call the autumn time a fool” “Cyprus Avenue”
  20. 20. Tove Ditlevsen
  21. 21. “Whatever one misses out on in childhood, one never gets enough of later.”
  22. 22. Vladimir Nabokov
  23. 23. “Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.”
  24. 24. Ralph Ellison
  25. 25. “The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.”
  26. 26. Henrik Ibsen
  27. 27. “To live is to battle the demons in the heart as well as the brain. To write is to preside at judgment day over one's self.”
  28. 28. William Butler Yeats (again)
  29. 29. Let’s hear it again for our unknown teachers: “What they undertook to do They brought to pass; All things hang like a drop of dew Upon a blade of grass.”
  30. 30. Van Morrison (yet again)
  31. 31. “And our souls were clean And the grass did grow” “Streets of Arklow”

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