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Quote Left Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity . . . any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about dong it right, or better. Quote Right
Quote Left The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can't take you and industry can't take you. Quote Right
Quote Left Our brains are no longer conditioned for reverence and awe. We cannot imagine a Second Coming that would not be cut down to size by the televised evening news, or a Last Judgment not subject to pages of holier-than-thou second-guessing in The New York Review of Books. Quote Right
Quote Left Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. Quote Right
Quote Left Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn. Quote Right
Quote Left It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle. Quote Right
Quote Left School is where you go between when your parents can't take you and industry can't take you. Quote Right
Quote Left Lawrence had done it in a way, and Joyce. But I think it's an important thing to do now and then, to describe the sex act as our descent, or adventure, into a primordial or strange world, having very little to do with how we look in suits or what our educations have been. It's a well of darkness, as it were, that leaves you refreshed. Quote Right
Quote Left It skims in through the eye, and by means of the utterly delicate retina hurls shadows like insect legs inward for translation. Then an immense space opens up in silence and an endlessly fecund sub-universe the writer descends, and asks the reader to descend after him, not merely to gain instructions but also to experience delight, the delight of mind freed from matter and exultant in the strength it has stolen from matter. Quote Right
Quote Left A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience. Quote Right
Quote Left Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solicitude is the enemy of well-being. Quote Right
Quote Left The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever. Quote Right
Quote Left America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. Quote Right
Quote Left Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart. Quote Right
Quote Left Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his overanimation. One can either see or be seen. Quote Right
Quote Left Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life. Quote Right
Quote Left Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better. Quote Right
Quote Left Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. Quote Right
Quote Left In asking forgiveness of women for our mythologizing of their bodies, for being unreal about them, we can only appeal to their own sexuality, which is different but not basically different, perhaps, from our own. For women, too, there seems to be that tangle of supplication and possessiveness, that descent toward infantile undifferentiation, that omnipotent helplessness, that merger with the cosmic mother-warmth, that flushed pulse-quickened leap into overestimation, projection, general mix-up. Quote Right
Quote Left The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it. Quote Right
Quote Left Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself. Quote Right
Quote Left America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy Quote Right
Quote Left If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and earning money. Quote Right
Quote Left Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better. Quote Right
Quote Left Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner. Quote Right
Quote Left Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews. Quote Right
Quote Left What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. Quote Right
Quote Left That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real suc... Quote Right
Quote Left There are times when fear is good It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain. Quote Right
Quote Left I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone. Quote Right