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Famous quotes containing the words main and/or characters:

    My main wish is to get my books into other people’s rooms, and to keep other people’s books out of mine.
    Samuel Butler (1835–1902)

    Socialist writers are made of sterner stuff than those who only let their characters steeplechase through trouble in order to come out first in the happy ending of moral uplift.
    Christina Stead (1902–1983)