We cannot keep thieves from looking in at our windows, but we need not give them entertainment with open doors.
P. 582. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it technically tick...You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps in the works of the poem so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in.Thomas Adam"Notes on the Art of Poetry" (1951).
The covetous man is like a camel with a great hunch on his back; heaven's gate must be made higher and broader, or he will hardly get in.Thomas AdamP. 167. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
If I were to live to the world's end, and do all the good that man can do, I must still cry, " Mercy!" Why then should I be unwilling or afraid to die this moment, with a sense of God's pardoning love, when I can have no other claim to salvation if I were to live forever?Thomas AdamP. 272. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
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