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  • 11.
    Opposition is true friendship.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. "A Memorable Fancy," plates 17-20, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790-1793).
  • 12.
    Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public RECORDS to be true.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). Annotations to Bishop Watson, An Apology for the Bible in a Series of Letters Addressed to Thomas Paine (1798).
  • 13.
    And she grows young as he grows old.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Mental Traveller (l. 20). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • 14.
    Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. letter, Aug. 23, 1799. The Letters of William Blake (1956).

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  • 15.
    To generalize is to be an idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit. General knowledges are those knowledges that idiots possess.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). "Discourse II," annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds, Discourses (c. 1808).

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  • 16.
    Since the French Revolution Englishmen are all intermeasurable one by another, certainly a happy state of agreement to which I for one do not agree.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Letter, October 24, 1910, to George Cumberland. Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).

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  • 17.
    What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. letter, Aug. 23, 1799. Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • 18.
    It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). "A Vision of the Last Judgement," (1810).

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  • 19.
    Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. "Proverbs of Hell," plate 9, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790).

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  • 20.
    Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 8, "Proverbs of Hell," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
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