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American Critic Quotes

675 American Critic quotes:

"I feel like there is always something trying to pull us back into sleep, that there is this sort of seductive quality in all the hedonistic pleasures that pull on us."
"His life was one long extravaganza, like living inside a Faberge egg."
"It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge."
"It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods."
"Nature provides exceptions to every rule."
"Hearts that are delicate and kind and tongues that are neither - these make the finest company in the world."
"The taste of people with large bank accounts tends not to be on the cutting edge."
"Genet was an actor in the play of his life, putting on masks, rearranging facts to suit his purpose and clouding himself in mystique."
"The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious."
"It fills one with a sense of architectural possibility."
"This movie is a toupee made up to look like honest baldness."
"Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week."
"Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved."
"Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic, obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes."
"The biographer who writes the life of his subject's self-concept passes through a fade into the inner house of life."
"Every neurosis is a primitive form of legal proceeding in which the accused carries on the prosecution, imposes judgment and executes the sentence: all to the end that someone else should not perform the same process."
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"The poet is in command of his fantasy, while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he is possessed by his fantasy."
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"Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears."
"Your ethnic or sexual identity, what region of the country you're from, what your class is - those aspects of your identity are not the same as your aesthetic identity."
"Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence."

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