Quotations About / On:
Most thoughtful Americans of today seem to have forgotten how strongly their own and immediate predecessors, Emerson, Hawthorne and Whitman, were still preoccupied with the essence behind things.
(Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Life and Thought in America, ch. 2 (1972).
An observation made on a visit to America in the 20s.)
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).)
The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.
(Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Regrets, Reveries, Changing Skies," no. 5, Pleasures and Regrets (1896, trans. 1948).)
The great majority of people in England and America are modest, decent and pure-minded and the amount of virgins in the world today is stupendous.
(Barbara Cartland (b. 1901), British novelist. Interview in Wendy Leigh's Speaking Frankly (1978).
But on another occasion, Cartland was reported as saying: "Only the English and the Americans are improper. East of Suez everyone wants a virgin.")
All orthodox opinionthat is, today, "revolutionary" opinion either of the pure or the impure varietyis anti-man.
(Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The Family and Feminism," ch. 10, The Art of Being Ruled (1926).)
To be realistic today is to be visionary. To be realistic is to be starry-eyed.
(Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Nov. 29, 1965, White House Conference on International Cooperation.)
If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams ... then you must still regard America today with the same naive enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.
(Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. "Utopia Achieved," America (1986, trans. 1988).)
One cannot serve this Eros without becoming a stranger in society as it is today; one cannot commit oneself to this form of love without incurring a mortal wound.
(Klaus Mann (1906-1949), German author, son of Thomas Mann. Mann was speaking of his homosexuality. Quoted in Marcel Reich-Ranicki, "Klaus Mann," Thomas Mann and His Family (1987, trans. 1989).)
Do old people always live in the past? What yesterday was firm and true, may not be so today.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Libussa, act 2 (1872).)
Intellectual sodomy, which comes from the refusal to be simple about plain matters, is as gross and abundant today as sexual perversion and they are nowise different from one another.
(Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Moby-Dick: A Hamitic Dream," Alms for Oblivion (1964).)