Austin O’Malley was born 1 October 1858, and died 26 February 1932
- Originality in literature is only a new coat of paint on an old house.
- Every writer is an iron-monger that melts down old junk into new steel. (Keystones of Thought)
- The most dangerous savages live in cities.
- Prose is a photography, poetry is a painting in oil-colours.
- Art is awkward until technique has become an unconscious habit.
- The smaller the head, the bigger the dream.
- The reason we constantly discover new truth in Shakespeare is that his complete understanding of the particular includes the universal.
- Those that think it permissible to tell white lies soon grow colour blind.
- We go to a book as Narcissus went to the fountain, see ourselves therein, and are enamoured.
- A translation of a poem is like a plaster cast of a statue.
Austin O’Malley was an American physician, humorist, and a professor of English literature at University of Notre Dame. He is best known for writing Keystones Of Thought.
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