Alasdair Gray Quote

I asked the headmaster of literature, "Why are there so many headmasters and so few poets? Is it easier for you to train your own kind than ours?" He said, "No. The emperor needs all the headmasters he can get. If a quarter of his people were headmasters he would be perfectly happy. But more than two poets would tear his kingdom apart."


"Five Letters from an Eastern Empire", p. 88. - Unlikely Stories, Mostly (1983)

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I asked the headmaster of literature, Why are there so many headmasters and so few poets? Is it easier for you to train your own kind than ours? He...

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I asked the headmaster of literature, Why are there so many headmasters and so few poets? Is it easier for you to train your own kind than ours? He...

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I asked the headmaster of literature, Why are there so many headmasters and so few poets? Is it easier for you to train your own kind than ours? He...

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I asked the headmaster of literature, Why are there so many headmasters and so few poets? Is it easier for you to train your own kind than ours? He...