J. Frank Dobie

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If, after all, men cannot always make history have meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.
Albert Camus
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  • From the introductory comments to Dobie's Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest: "Not copyright in 1942. Again not copyright in 1952. Anybody is welcome to help himself to any of it in any way."
  • "I have come to value liberated minds as the supreme good of life on earth."
  • "The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transfer of bones from one graveyard to another...."
  • "Conform and be dull."
  • "I rate censors, particularly those of church and state, as low as I rate character assassins; they often run together."
  • "If during a decade a man does not change his mind on some things and develop new points of view, it is a pretty good sign that his mind is petrified and need no longer be accounted among the living."
  • "I'd rather starve and be independent than thrive on conformity. I'm not starving."
  • "Great literature transcends its native land, but none that I know of ignores its soil."