American Critic Quotes


675 American Critic quotes:



"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day."
"Nothing risque, nothing gained."
Author: Woollcott Quotes Category: American Critic Quotes Risk-taking Quotes
"Germany was the cause of Hitler as much as Chicago is responsible for the Chicago Tribune."
"Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing."
"The English have an extraordinary ability for flying into a great calm."
"At 83 Shaw's mind was perhaps not quite as good as it used to be, but it was still better than anyone else's."
"The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman, or as some other suitable species of human being, the American wants to be considered a good guy."
"If we practiced medicine like we practice education, we'd look for the liver on the right side and left side in alternate years."
"The nature of the task needs to be renewed so people just don't feel that all the hard work is in the same groove all the time, under the same circumstances and in the same environment."
"The function of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive."
"The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination."
"The critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising."
"Bring a child and ignore your inhibitions."
"The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. this spontaneous talking back to a book is one of the things that makes reading so valuable."
"The more I like a book, the more reluctant I am to turn the page. Lovers, even book lovers, tend to cling. No one-night stands or "reads" for them."
"It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave."
"There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience."
"There is something about seeing real people on a stage that makes a bad play more intimately, more personally offensive than any other art form."
"People have no idea what a hard job it is for two writers to be friends. Sooner or later you have to talk about each other's work."
"The argument between wives and whores is an old one; each one thinking that whatever she is, at least she is not the other."


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