„Read Homer once, and you can read no more;
For all books else appear so mean, so poor,
Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read,
And Homer will be all the books you need.“

—  John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, Essay on Poetry (published 1723).
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John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby3
English poet and notable Tory politician of the late Stua... 1648 - 1721

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—  R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002
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„You know, you don’t really need me. All you need to do is read your own books.“

—  P. L. Travers Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist 1899 - 1996
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