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Quotations From STEPHEN VIZINCZEY

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  • 1.
    Consistency is a virtue for trains: what we want from a philosopher is insights, whether he comes by them consistently or not.
    Stephen Vizinczey (b. 1933), Hungarian novelist, critic. repr. In Truth and Lies in Literature (1986). "Good Faith and Bad," Sunday Telegraph (London, April 21, 1974). Review of Hazel E. Barnes, Sartre.
  • 2.
    When you close your eyes to tragedy, you close your eyes to greatness.
    Stephen Vizinczey (b. 1933), Hungarian novelist, critic. repr. In Truth and Lies in Literature (1986). "Who Killed Kleist?" Sunday Telegraph (London, Jan. 5, 1984). Review of Joachim Maass's Kleist: A Biography.
  • 3.
    We now have a whole culture based on the assumption that people know nothing and so anything can be said to them.
    Stephen Vizinczey (b. 1933), Hungarian novelist, critic. Observer Review (London, June 24, 1990).

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  • 4.
    The truth is that our race survived ignorance; it is our scientific genius that will do us in.
    Stephen Vizinczey (b. 1933), Hungarian novelist, critic. repr. In Truth and Lies in Literature (1986). "Leonardo's Regret," Times (London, Sept. 21, 1970). In a review of Richie Calder, The Age of the Eye.

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  • 5.
    Perhaps in a book review it is not out of place to note that the safety of the state depends on cultivating the imagination.
    Stephen Vizinczey (b. 1933), Hungarian novelist, critic. repr. In Truth and Lies in Literature (1986). "Mind of a Mass Murderer," Sunday Telegraph (London, Sept. 8, 1974). A review of Gitta Sereny, Into That Darkness.

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  • 6.
    Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.
    Stephen Vizinczey (b. 1933), Hungarian novelist, critic. repr. In Truth and Lies in Literature (1986). "Europe's Inner Demons," (London, March 2, 1975). Review of Norman Cohn's An Inquiry Inspired by the Great Witch-Hunt in Sunday Telegraph.

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  • 7.
    The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers, even if he bears a real person's name, is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations, he passes the test.
    Stephen Vizinczey (b. 1933), Hungarian novelist, critic. repr. In Truth and Lies in Literature (1986). "Condemned World, Literary Kingdom," Times Saturday Review (London, Sept. 21, 1968). Review of Norman Mailer's Armies of the Night.

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