American Critic Quotes


676 American Critic quotes:



"Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence."
"Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent."
"Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life."
"The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience."
Author: Bangs Quotes Category: American Critic Quotes Contempt Quotes
"Youth is a time when we find the books we give up but do not get over."
"Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect."
"All that a critic, as critic, can give poets is the deadly encouragement that never ceases to remind them of how heavy their inheritance is."
"I take it that a successful therapy is an oxymoron."
"The second, and I think this is the much more overt and I think it is the main cause, I have been increasingly demonstrating or trying to demonstrate that every possible stance a critic, a scholar, a teacher can take towards a poem is itself inevitably and necessarily poetic."
"You can't believe Russell Crowe is the same actor who won an Oscar one year ago for Gladiator."
"The journalistic vision sharpens to the point of maximum impact every event, every individual and social configuration; but the honing is uniform."
"Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words."
"Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city."
"Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader's teeth."
"We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the morning."
"The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light."
"Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse. Murphy's First Corollary If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire."
Author: Woodberry Quotes Category: American Critic Quotes Boss Quotes
"All Hollywood corrupts; and absolute Hollywood corrupts absolutely."
"Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more."
"The language of the younger generation has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power at hand, not to come. It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism."


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