Quotes of Distillation

“ History is the distillation of rumor. ”

- Thomas Carlyle

“ No, Virginia, there is no Auntie Mame, she is a distillation and a moonbeam and nothing more. ”

- Patrick Dennis

“ In dog beers, I've only had one. ”

- Unknown

“ In this century the writer has carried on a conversation with madness. We might almost say of the twentieth-century writer that he aspires to madness. Some have made it, of course, and they hold special places in our regard. To a writer, madness is a final distillation of self, a final editing down… ”

- Don Delillo

“ This is an age of intellectual sauces, of essence, of distillation. We have "conclusions" without deductions, "abridgments of history" and "abridgments of science" without leading facts. We have "animals" for literature, "Cabinet" Encyclopaedias, "Family" Libraries, "Diffusion" Societies, and heaven knows what else! What is all this for? Not to add knowledge to the learned, but to tell points to the ignorant, without giving them the trouble to acquire the links… ”

- Benjamin Haydon
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