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Quotations From EDWARD DAHLBERG

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  • The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotents.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).

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  • The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self- service populace, and all our specious comforts—the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria—are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).

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  • What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • The earnings of a poet could be reckoned by a metaphysician rather than a bookkeeper.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "For Sale," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "For Sale," Alms for Oblivion (1964).

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  • Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser Iscariots than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "For Sale," Alms for Oblivion (1964).

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  • Man hoards himself when he has nothing to give away.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "On Love and Friendship," Reasons of the Heart (1965).
  • When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "On Futility," Reasons of the Heart (1965).

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  • We are always talking about being together, and yet whatever we invent destroys the family, and makes us wild, touchless beasts feeding on technicolor prairies and rivers.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).

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  • We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain.
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).

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