Quotes of Edify

“ I've got a living to make, to put it plainly; there's more money in shocking and terrifying than in edifying. ”

- Walford Brodie

“ The abdication of belief makes the behavior small — better an ignis fatuus than no illume at all. ”

- Emily Dickinson

“ KING'S EVIL, n. A malady that was formerly cured by the touch of the sovereign, but has now to be treated by the physicians. Thus 'the most pious Edward" of England used to lay his royal hand upon the ailing subjects and make them whole — a crowd of wretched souls That stay his cure: their malady convinces The great essay of art; but at his touch, Such sanctity hath Heaven given his hand, They presently amend, as the "Doctor" in Macbeth hath it… ”

- Ambrose Bierce

“ The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust. ”

- Elizabeth Bowen

“ The public, with its mob yearning to be instructed, edified and pulled by the nose, demands certainties; it must be told definitely and a bit raucously that this is true and that is false. But there are no certainties. ”

- H. L. Mencken
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