American Critic Quotes


675 American Critic quotes:



"Criticism starts - it has to start - with a real passion for reading. It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties, but you must fall in love with poems."
"I think Freud is about contamination, but I think that is something he learned from Shakespeare, because Shakespeare is about nothing but contamination, you might say."
"What we call a poem is mostly what is not there on the page. The strength of any poem is the poems that it has managed to exclude."
"When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance."
"I think the pattern of my essays is, A funny thing happened to me on my way through Finnegans Wake."
"My assignment is what every writer's assignment is: tell the truth of his own time."
"It is not that Shakespeare's art is in technicolor and fancy, and that real life is black and white and tedious. The life that Shakespeare was living was the only life he had, and he had to use it to create what he was doing."
"How do I put this? There are a lot of smart people writing about music but not a lot of people who are interested in journalism writing about music."
"Many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true!"
"A lady is nothing very specific. One man's lady is another man's woman; sometimes, one man's lady is another man's wife. Definitions overlap but they almost never coincide."
"The standardization of world culture, with local popular or traditional forms driven out or dumbed down to make way for American television, American music, food, clothes and films, has been seen by many as the very heart of globalization."
"Movie theaters still exist in spite of all of the alternatives that are available, video and video-on-demand and DVD and streaming video and all of these things."
"Ragtime was a fanfare for the 20th century."
"A Christmas Carol is such a fool-proof story you can't louse it up."
"The last person to stand still and repeat himself was Walt Disney. He refused to repeat himself. So to think that he'd be making the same kind of film in the year 2001 that he made in 1941 is absurd."
"The cost of congressional and presidential campaigns has been leaping every two or four years. I think this year it will be 60 percent more than 1996; well over twice as much as in 1992 in the presidential and congressional races."
"Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we have not fallen off. It is my faith, my feminist faith, that we will not."
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"For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?"
"All the things I really like are either immoral, illegal or fattening."
"Everything I like is either illegal, immoral or fattening."


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