Nathaniel Parker Willis was born 20 January 1806, and died 20 January 1867
- The value of life deepens incalculably with the privileges of travel.
- He who binds his soul to knowledge, steals the key of heaven.
- In comparing men and books, one must always remember this important distinction,—that one can put the books down at anytime. As Macaulay says, 'Plato is never sullen, Cervantes is never petulant, Demosthenes never comes unseasonably, Dante never stays too long.'
Willis was an American author, poet and editor who worked with writers including Edgar Allan Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He became the highest-paid magazine writer of his day.
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