Quotations From CLIVE JAMES


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  • The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. Glued to the Box, introduction (1983).

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  • Visitors who come from the Soviet Union and tell you how marvellous it is to be able to look at public buildings without advertisements stuck all over them are just telling you that they can't decipher the cyrillic alphabet.
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. Glued To The Box, introduction (1983).
  • Anyone afraid of what he thinks television does to the world is probably just afraid of the world.
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. Glued to the Box, introduction (1983).

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  • All it means, if you wilt that way with a lady, is that you haven't yet really met her. You're not trying to make love to a woman, you're trying not to miss an opportunity.
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic, TV host. Falling Towards England, ch. 8 (1985).

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  • As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. repr. In From the Land of Shadows (1982). "A Blizzard of Tiny Kisses," London Review of Books (1980). referring to Judith Krantz's Princess Daisy, which fetched what was then a record advance of $3,208,875 when the rights were sold at an auction held in New York on Sept. 5, 1979.

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  • All television ever did was shrink the demand for ordinary movies. The demand for extraordinary movies increased. If any one thing is wrong with the movie industry today, it is the unrelenting effort to astonish.
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. Observer (London, June 16, 1979).

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  • A sceptic finds Dallas absurd. A cynic thinks the public doesn't.
    Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. Glued To The Box, introduction (1983).
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