Edward Dahlberg Quotes


30 Edward Dahlberg quotes:



"I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man."
"Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil."
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"To write is a humiliation."
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"The ancients understood the regulation of power better than the regulation of liberty."
"The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature."
"Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking."
"Everything ultimately fails, for we die, and that is either the penultimate failure or our most enigmatical achievement."
"A strong foe is better than a weak friend."
"Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review."
"Intellectual sodomy, which comes from the refusal to be simple about plain matters, is as gross and abundant today as sexual perversion and they are nowise different from one another."
"We are always talking about being together, and yet whatever we invent destroys the family, and makes us wild, touchless beasts feeding on technicolor prairies and rivers."
"Men are mad most of their lives; few live sane, fewer die so. The acts of people are baffling unless we realize that their wits are disordered. Man is driven to justice by his lunacy."
"It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination."
"What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful."
"When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels."
"We can only write well about our sins because it is too difficult to recall a virtuous act or even whether it was the result of good or evil motives."
"Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors."
"Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien."
"Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages."
"One of the weaknesses in the cooperative is that it has never been sufficiently leavened by the imagination. This is a quick-silver faculty, and likely to be a cause of worry to any collective settlement."



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