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Quotations From WYNDHAM LEWIS

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  • 1.
    A sort of war of revenge on the intellect is what, for some reason, thrives in the contemporary social atmosphere.
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The 'Vicious' Circle," ch. 3, The Art of Being Ruled (1926).

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  • 2.
    Then down came the lid—the day was lost, for art, at Sarajevo. World-politics stepped in, and a war was started which has not ended yet: a "war to end war." But it merely ended art. It did not end war.
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "Toward an Art-Less Society," pt. 5, Blasting and Bombardiering (1937).

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  • 3.
    A hundred things are done today in the divine name of Youth, that if they showed their true colours would be seen by rights to belong rather to old age.
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The Family and Feminism," ch. 6, The Art of Being Ruled (1926).

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  • 4.
    Almost anything that can be praised or advocated has been put to some disgusting use. There is no principle, however immaculate, that has not had its compromising manipulator.
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The Family and Feminism," ch. 8, The Art of Being Ruled (1926).
  • 5.
    All orthodox opinion—that is, today, "revolutionary" opinion either of the pure or the impure variety—is anti-man.
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The Family and Feminism," ch. 10, The Art of Being Ruled (1926).

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  • 6.
    No American worth his salt should go around looking for a root. I advance this in all modesty, as a not unreasonable opinion.
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The Case Against Roots," America and Cosmic Man (1948).
  • 7.
    Prostration is our natural position. A wormlike movement from a spot of sunlight to a spot of shade, and back, is the type of movement that is natural to men.
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "Call Yourself a Man!" The Art of Being Ruled (1926).
  • 8.
    Spain is an overflow of sombreness ... a strong and threatening tide of history meets you at the frontier.
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "A Soldier of Humour," The Wild Body (1927).

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  • 9.
    In the democratic western countries so-called capitalism leads a saturnalia of "freedom," like a bastard brother of reform.
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "Vulgarization and Political Decay," The Art of Being Ruled (1926).

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  • 10.
    The art of advertisement, after the American manner, has introduced into all our life such a lavish use of superlatives, that no standard of value whatever is intact.
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "'Promise' as an Institution," pt. 2, The Doom of Youth (1932).

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