Paul Goodman

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  • Here we have the beautiful British compromise: a man can say anything, he mustn't do anything; a man can listen to anything, but he musn't be roused to do anything. By freedom of speech is meant freed...
    Paul Goodman (1911-1972), U.S. literary author, critic. "Censorship and Pornography on the Stage."
  • There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people t...
    Paul Goodman (1911-1972), U.S. author, poet, critic. "Ireland, Spring 1958," sct. 2, Five Years (1966).
  • ''Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.''
    Paul Goodman (1911-1972), U.S. literary critic, author. repr. In Creator Spirit Come (1977). "Obsessed by Theatre," Nation (New York, Nov. 29, 1958).
  • Faced with even a temporary delay or absence, children pound and scream and bawl; but as soon as the situation changes, they are bafflingly sunny, and take their gratification with relish, or feel sec...
    Paul Goodman (1911-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "On the Intellectual Inhibition of Explosive Grief and Anger," Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals, Ra...
  • ''What the devil to do with the sentence "Who the devil does he think he's fooling?" You can't write "Whom the devil—"''
    Paul Goodman (1911-1972), U.S. author, poet, critic. "September to December 1958," sct. 2, Five Years (1966).
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