There is a class of persons to whom by all spiritual affinity i am bought and sold; for them i will go to prison, if need be; but your miscellaneous popular charities; the education at college of fools; the building of meeting-houses to the vain end to which many now stand; alms to sots; and the thousandfold relief societies; - though i confess with shame i sometimes succumb and give the dollar, it is a wicked dollar which by and by i shall have the manhood to withhold.
Shakespearean words, foreign words, slang and dialect and made-up phrases from kids on the street corner: english has room for them all. And writers - not just literary writers, but popular writers as well - breathe air into english and keep it lively by making it their own, not by adhering to some style manual that gets handed out to college freshmen in a composition class.
They found the corpse in the closet of alcide's apartment, and they hatched a plan to hide his remains." eric sounded like that had been kind of cute of us. "my sookie hid a corpse?" "i don't think you can be too sure about that possessive pronoun." "where did you learn that term, northman?" "i took 'english as a second language' at a community college in the seventies.
Colleges, in like manner, have their indispensable office,--to teach elements. But they can only highly serve us, when they aim not to drill, but to create; when they gather from far every ray of various genius to their hospitable halls, and, by the concentrated fires, set the hearts of their youth on flame.
Among the numerous requisites that must concur to complete an author, few are of more importance than an early entrance into the living world. the seed of knowledge may be planted in solitude, but must be cultivated in public. argumentation may be taught in colleges, and theories formed in retirement; but the artifice of embellishment and the powers of attraction can be gained only by a general converse.
If the colleges were better, if they had the power of imparting valuable thought, creative principles, truths which become powers, thoughts which become talents, - if they could cause that a mind not profound should become profound, - we should all rush to their gates: instead of contriving inducements to draw students, you would need to set police at the gates to keep order in the in-rushing multitude.
But if you tell folks you're a college student, folks are so impressed. You can be a student in anything and not have to know anything. Just say toxicology or marine biokinesis, and the person you're talking to will change the subject to himself. If this doesn't work, mention the neural synapses of embryonic pigeons.
You know, talon. towels look really good on you. you go outside like that and you’ll start a whole new fashion craze. (sunshine) do you always say everything that comes to your mind? (talon) mostly. i do have some thoughts i keep to myself. i used to not care and would say anything at all, but then one time my college roommate called the psycho unit on me. you know, they really do have white coats. (sunshine)