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Quotations About / On: EPIC

  • 1.
    An epic of worry rather than of high tragedy.
    (E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "The Prince's Tale," The Spectator 204 (1960). From a review of Lampedusa's The Leopard.)
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  • 2.
    Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 84 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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  • 3.
    The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.
    (Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt (1968). The Storyteller, sct. 4 (1936).)
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  • 4.
    The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Cromwell, preface (1827).)
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    In an age robbed of religious symbols, going to the shops replaces going to the church.... We have a free choice, but at a price. We can win experience, but never achieve innocence. Marx knew that the epic activities of the modern world involve not lance and sword but dry goods.
    (Stephen Bayley (b. 1951), British design critic. "The Sport of Things," pt. 2, Taste (1991).)
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    I am not a great man, but sometimes I think the impersonal and objective equality of my talent and the sacrifices of it, in pieces, to preserve its essential value has some sort of epic grandeur.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter, 1940, to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). The words "some sort of epic grandeur" were used by Matthew J. Bruccoli as a title for his 1981 biography of Fitzgerald.)
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  • 7.
    Of what violences, murders, depredations, have not the epic poets, from all antiquity, been the occasion, by propagating false honor, false glory, and false religion?
    (Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Charlotte Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 6, letter 45, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).)
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  • 8.
    Children are incurable romantics. Brimful of romance and tragedy, we whirl through childhood hopelessly in love with our parents. In our epic imagination, we love and are loved with a passion so natural and innocent we may never know its like as adults.
    (Roger Gould (20th century), U.S. psychotherapist and author. Transformations, sec. 1, ch. 1 (1978).)
  • 9.
    Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.
    (Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, January 5-6, 1932. Published in Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).)
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  • 10.
    Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
    (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "A Piece of Chalk," Tremendous Trifles (1909).)
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