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Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions…
We wanted to meet him, for though we were neither of us naive people we had not wholly lost our belief that it is delightful…
Tristan and Isolde were lucky to die when they did. They’d have been sick of all that rubbish in a year.
To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don’t know what they are conserving.
You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery.
What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.
The drama may be called that part of theatrical art which lends itself most readily to intellectual discussion: what is left is theater.
A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.
I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them.
May I make a suggestion, hoping it is not an impertinence? Write it down: write down what you feel. It is sometimes a wonderful help…
I do not ‘get’ ideas; ideas get me.
If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual.
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past.
Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.
The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said, however inexperienced the writer.
Do not suppose, however, that I intend to urge a diet of classics on anybody. I have seen such diets at work. I have known…
The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.
Students today are a pretty solemn lot. One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth century has been to make the young old before…
The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.
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