Edward Dahlberg

(1900_1977 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Edward Dahlberg Quotes

  • ''Perhaps Samuel Johnson was a great man; he was certainly a drumbling one.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Allen Tate, the Forlorn Demon," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
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  • ''There is a strange and mighty race of people called the Americans who are rapidly becoming the coldest in the world because of this cruel, maneating idol, lucre.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Florentine Codex," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
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  • ''Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "For Sale," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
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  • ''Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers' back pages.''
    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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  • ''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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  • ''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).
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  • ''Recognise the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "For Sale," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
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  • ''One cat in a house is a sign of loneliness, two of barrenness, and three of sodomy.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Moby-Dick: A Hamitic Dream," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
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  • ''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).
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