Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Meandering about . . .

Today is the birthday of William Cullen Bryant (November 3, 1794 – June 12, 1878), poet and journalist. He is best known for his poem Thanatopsis and as long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.

"The right to discuss freely and openly, by speech, by the pen, by the press, all political questions, and to examine the animadvert upon all political institutions is a right so clear and certain, so interwoven with our other liberties, so necessary, in fact, to their existence, that without it we must fall into despotism and anarchy." - William Cullen Bryant

"Weep not that the world changes- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were a cause indeed to weep." - William Cullen Bryant

"Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully." - William Cullen Bryant

"Go forth under the open sky, and list to Nature's teachings." - William Cullen Bryant

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