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American Critic Quotes

675 American Critic quotes:

"What marks the artist is his power to shape the material of pain we all have."
"The immature artist imitates. Mature artists steal."
"I am utterly bored by celebrity interviews. Most celebrities are devoid of interest."
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"The lies the government and media tell are amplifications of the lies we tell ourselves. To stop being conned, stop conning yourself."
"The mere process of growing old together will make our slightest acquaintances seem like bosom friends."
"There is one thing that matters -- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people."
"It is possible that the contemplation of cruelty will not make us humane but cruel; that the reiteration of the badness of our spiritual condition will make us consent to it."
"Democracy is now going forth on a crusade against imperialism."
"The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy."
"Or like in the early 70's when we had the reaction against acid rock and all the fuzz tone, and feedback, and the noise. And you had James Taylor and everyone went acoustic and that."
"But in the end, in the end one is alone. We are all of us alone. I mean I'm told these days we have to consider ourselves as being in society... but in the end one knows one is alone, that one lives at the heart of a solitude."
"Criticism in the universities, I'll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It's Stalinism without Stalin."
"I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress, even as regards the literary scene."
"Sometimes one succeeds, sometimes one fails."
"What I think I have in common with the school of deconstruction is the mode of negative thinking or negative awareness, in the technical, philosophical sense of the negative, but which comes to me through negative theology."
"There is no post-9/11. Everything from now until the end of time is post-9/11."
"Guy Rivers, a conventional piece as regards the love affair which makes a part of the plot, is a tale of deadly strife between the laws of Georgia and a fiendish bandit."
"But the trick of holding off and having all the pieces come together at the moment of the revelation was something I must have learned quite early."
"I believe in broken, fractured, complicated narratives, but I believe in narratives as a vehicle for truth, not simply as a form of entertainment, though I love entertainment, but also a way of conveying what needs to be conveyed about the works that I care about."
"No special writing rituals. And my desk is usually cluttered."

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