Edward Dahlberg Quotes


30 Edward Dahlberg quotes:



"Everything ultimately fails, for we die, and that is either the penultimate failure or our most enigmatical achievement."
"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."
"Man hoards himself when he has nothing to give away."
"Herman Melville was as separated from a civilized literature as the lost Atlantis was said to have been from the great peoples of the earth."
"To write is a humiliation."
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"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."
"Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors."
"So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born."
"We cannot live, suffer or die for somebody else, for suffering is too precious to be shared."
"The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotent."
"The ancients understood the regulation of power better than the regulation of liberty."
"The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature."
"Always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. Walt Disney Every decision you make is a mistake."
"A strong foe is better than a weak friend."
"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."
"Nothing in our times has become so unattractive as virtue."
"Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien."
"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."
"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."



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