English Critic Quotes


293 English Critic quotes:



"Postmodernism is among other things a sick joke at the expense of revolutionary avant-gardism."
"Clap an extinguisher upon your irony if you are unhappily blessed with a vein of it."
"Not to discriminate every moment some passionate attitude in those about us, and in the very brilliancy of their gifts some tragic dividing on their ways, is, on this short day of frost and sun, to sleep before evening."
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law."
"In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless."
"Deconstruction insists not that truth is illusory but that it is institutional."
"I have had playmates, I have had companions; In my days of childhood, in my joyful school days - All, all are gone, the old familiar faces."
"Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment."
"Nothing puzzles me more than the time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less."
"At Munich we sold the Czechs for a few months grace, but the disgrace will last as long as history."
"Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view, instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up what might otherwise pass unregarded by us."
"That sense of a life in natural objects, which in most poetry is but a rhetorical artifice, was, then, in Wordsworth the assertion of what was for him almost literal fact."
"The service of philosophy, of speculative culture, towards the human spirit, is to rouse, to startle it to a life of constant and eager observation."
"The various forms of intellectual activity which together make up the culture of an age, move for the most part from different starting-points, and by unconnected roads."
"To regard all things and principles of things as inconstant modes or fashions has more and more become the tendency of modern thought."
"What is important, then, is not that the critic should possess a correct abstract definition of beauty for the intellect, but a certain kind of temperament, the power of being deeply moved by the presence of beautiful objects."
"Zeal will do more than knowledge."
"A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind."
"To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life."
"Anything awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral."


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