Quotations About / On:
It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.
(Greil Marcus (b. 1945), U.S. rock journalist. "Elvis: Presliad," Mystery Train (1976).)
We are women. We are a subject people who have inherited an alien culture.
(Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist theorist, literary critic, essayist, autobiographer, sculptor. Flying, pt. 5, Alfred A. Knopf (1974).)
However muted its present appearance may be, sexual dominion obtains nevertheless as perhaps the most pervasive ideology of our culture and provides its most fundamental concept of power.
(Kate Millett (b. 1934), U.S. feminist author. Sexual Politics, ch. 2 (1970).)
There is no comparing the brutality and cynicism of today's pop culture with that of forty years ago: from High Noon to Robocop is a long descent.
(Charles Krauthammer (b. 1950), U.S. editor, columnist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, October 31, 1990).)
I think that New York is not the cultural center of America, but the business and administrative center of American culture.
(Saul Bellow (b. 1915), U.S. author. BBC radio interview. Listener (London, May 22, 1969).)
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
(Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. The Descent of Man, ch. 4 (1871).)
Syncopations are no indication of light or trashy music, and to shy bricks at "hateful ragtime" no longer passes for musical culture.
(Scott Joplin (1868-1917), U.S. pianist, composer. The School of Ragtime, preface (1908).)
The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition ... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.
(Roland Barthes (1915-1980), French semiologist. "Modern," The Pleasure of the Text (1975).)
English culture is basically homosexual in the sense that the men only really care about other men.
(Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. Daily Mail (London, April 18, 1988).)
Insolent youth rides, now, in the whirlwind. For those modern iconoclasts who are without culture possess, apparently, all the courage.
(Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 12 (1954).
Written in 1944, of the "New South." Glasgow had grown up in the more traditional Southern ambience of late-nineteenth-century Virginia.)