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Quotations About / On: LYRIC

  • 1.
    The lyric deals with love and sorrow, the aphorism with contradiction and deceit.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 2.
    In the dying world I come from quotation is a national vice. It used to be the classics, now it's lyric verse.
    (Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Dennis Barlow, in The Loved One, p. 108 (1948, repr. 1951).)
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    Rock & roll doesn't necessarily mean a band. It doesn't mean a singer, and it doesn't mean a lyric, really.... It's that question of trying to be immortal.
    (Malcolm McLaren (b. 1946), British rock impresario. transcript of discussion, Sept. 24, 1988, New York City. "Punk and History," Discourses: Conversations in Postmodern Art and Culture, eds. Russell Ferguson et al. (1990).)
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    There exists a kind of laughter which is worthy to be ranked with the higher lyric emotions and is infinitely different from the twitchings of a mean merrymaker.
    (Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol (1809-1852), Russian author, dramatist. Dead Souls, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1842).)
  • 5.
    The Republican convention, an event with the intellectual content of a Guns'n'Roses lyric attended by every ofay insurance broker in America who owns a pair of white shoes.
    (P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "On the Blandwagon," Parliament of Whores (1991).)
  • 6.
    Poets should be lawgivers; that is, the boldest lyric inspiration should not chide and insult, but should announce and lead, the civil code, and the day's work. But now the two things seem irreconcilably parted.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Prudence," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
  • 7.
    It is no longer possible for lyric poetry to express the immensity of our experience. Life has grown too cumbersome, too complicated. We have acquired values which are best expressed in prose.
    (Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), Russian poet, novelist, translator. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).)
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