Archibald MacLeish

Archibald MacLeish
Archibald MacLeish
  • Born: May 7, 1892
  • Died: April 20, 1982
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Poet, Playwright, Essayist, Librarian Congress, Lawyer

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Archibald MacLeish was an American poet and writer who was associated with the modernist school of poetry. MacLeish studied English at Yale University and law at Harvard University. He enlisted in and saw action during the First World War and lived in Paris in the 1920s. On returning to the US, he contributed to Henry Luce's magazine Fortune from 1929 to 1938. For five years MacLeish was Librarian of Congress, a post he accepted at the urging of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. From 1949 to 1962, MacLeish was Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. MacLeish was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.

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A world ends when its metaphor has died. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
America Was Promises Miscellaneous
Criticism in a free man's country is made on certain assumptions, one of which is the assumption that the government belongs to the people and is at all times subject to the people's correction and criticism. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
God help that country by informers led Where fear corrupts and where suspicions spread By looks and gestures, even to the dead. Miscellaneous
Murder is not absolved of immortality by committing murder. Murder is absolved of immorality by bringing men to think that murder is not evil. This only the perversion of the mind can bring about. And the perversion of the mind is only possible when those who should be heard in its defense are silent. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Races didn't bother the Americans. They were something a lot better than any race. They were a People. They were the first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created People in the history of the world. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life—to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself. Life ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
The will of the people determines the final outcome of any war. War & Peace
There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream. Freedom & Liberty
They [Americans] were the first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created, people in the history of the world. States. Nations & Nationhood
We are as great as our belief in human liberty—no greater. Freedom & Liberty
We have learned the answers, all the answers: It is the question that we do not know. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.
Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words. Life ;Literature, Writers & Writing
Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold.
Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man. Freedom & Liberty
It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be. Life
Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world. Literature, Writers & Writing
Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there. Literature, Writers & Writing
Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered.
Spring has many American faces. There are cities where it will come and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there. Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming, shade of elms and maples in New England.
The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life - to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity. Life ;Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance
There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream. Freedom & Liberty
There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is. It is the American Dream. Freedom & Liberty
There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold - brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
We are as great as our belief in human liberty - no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.
We have no choice but to be guilty. God is unthinkable if we are innocent. Religion & God
What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice. Freedom & Liberty
What is more important in a library than anything else - than everything else - is the fact that it exists.
You burned the city of London in our houses and we felt the flames.