Tom Wolfe Quotes

15 Tom Wolfe quotes:

"Stone was the most prominent architect in America, and he decided that the modernist movement in architecture -- in other words, the parade of glass boxes that marched across America -- had become exhausted, not worth pursuing anymore,"
Author: Wolfe Quotes Category: America Quotes
"Is not this the true romantic feeling - not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you?"
"If a man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know."
"On Wall Street he and a few others - how many? three hundred, four hundred, five hundred? had become precisely that... Masters of the Universe."
"There has been a time on earth when poets had been young and dead and famous - and were men. But now the poet as the tragic child of grandeur and destiny had changed. The child of genius was a woman, now, and the man was gone."
Author: Wolfe Quotes Category: American Journalist Quotes Earth Quotes
"The surest cure for vanity is loneliness."
"Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America - that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement."
"Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it, I can't see a painting."
"America - It is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time."
"The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence."
"To a man of sixty... one of the grimmest reminders of the Reaper's approach comes when his doctors, the people who have attended to his body for decades, begin retiring on him... or dying on him... or both."
Author: Wolfe Quotes Category: Doctors Quotes
"One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years."
"Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later...that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life. The Bonfire of the Vanities"
Author: Wolfe Quotes Category: Fathers Quotes
"I think it's the only completely American sport that there is. Most of the team sports are a variation on the old medieval tournaments, but stock car racing is so American. It's astounding to me how many people are interested in stock car racing."
Author: Wolfe Quotes Category: Sports Quotes
"My parents must have had tough decisions to make, but I was never called on to bear witness to their anxiety. To some people that might sound like repression, but I think repression can be a positive value."
Author: Wolfe Quotes Category: Parents Quotes

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