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“It may be that the incomplete story, the particle, the fragment, is now the preferred unit of information for our culture, and lack of place is more useful for presenting these fragments than to fix them into sentences or grids.”

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source: “Reading Outside the Grid: Designers and Society,” in Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design, edited by Michael Bierut (New York: Allworth Press, 1994), 95.

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medium: design criticism

“We cannot, I maintain, no matter how we try, pick out anything from so great a multitude of things equally good—‘Only the poor man counts his flock.’ Whenever you direct your gaze, you will meet with something that might stand out from the rest, if the context in which you read it were not equally notable. For this reason, give over hoping that you can skim, by means of epitomes, the wisdom of distinguished men. Look into their wisdom as a whole; study it as a whole. They are working out a plan and weaving it together, line upon line, a masterpiece, from which nothing can be taken away without injury to the whole. Examine the separate parts, if you like, provided you examine them as parts of the man himself. She is not a beautiful woman whose ankle or arm is praised, but she whose general appearance makes you forget to admire her single attributes.”

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source: “On the Futility of Learning Maxims,” Epistle XXXIII, in Seneca in Ten Volumes (Freeman Press, 2008), reissue of classic texts, 235–237.

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medium: letter

via: Neil Steinberg

“I quote others only in order the better to express myself.”

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source: “Of the Education of Children,” in The Works of Michael de Montaigne (Philadelphia, PA: J. W. Moore, 1849), 86.

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medium: essay

“You ask me, most politely, to do something I disapprove—that is, to pluck from Victor Hugo’s writings some fragment that seems to me of especial excellence. I do not at all like this process of detaching from a work the purest or happiest portion of it. Is this not treating poems as children treat cakes—picking out the almonds to crunch and giving the rest to the dog?”

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source: “Victor Hugo’s Finest Stanza: Reply to an Inquiry,” in The Art of Poetry (New York: Pantheon Books, 1958), 260.

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medium: essay

via: The Bronze Medal

“I do not feel I have been told a fact hitherto unknown to me, but rather, that I have been made conscious of a fact which, unconsciously, I have always known.”

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source: Foreword to Sens-Plastique (Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2008), 5.

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medium: nonfiction

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