Feeling Where We Ought to Think and Vice Versa

alex atkins bookshelf quotationsHalf of our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.

John Churton Collins (1848-1908), British author, literary critic, and professor of English literature at Birmingham University, located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Collins published 16 books, including several studies on poets: Illustrations of Tennyson, A Treasury of Minor British Poetry, The Early Poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson, Studies in Shakespeare, and Greek Influence on English Poetry. He was known for his remarkable memory that allowed him to recite long passages of text and poetry from the Greek, Latin, and English classics. When he died in 1908, colleagues and students founded the John Churton Collins prizes to promote the study of English and classical literature.

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