Edward Dahlberg

(1900_1977 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Edward Dahlberg Quotes

  • ''We can only write well about our sins because it is too difficult to recall a virtuous act or even whether it was the result of good or evil motives.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Moby-Dick: A Hamitic Dream," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
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  • ''Herman Melville was as separated from a civilized literature as the lost Atlantis was said to have been from the great peoples of the earth.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Moby Dick: A Hamitic Dream," Alms For Oblivion (1964).
  • ''So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Moby Dick: A Hamitic Dream," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Moby Dick: A Hamitic Dream," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''No country has suffered so much from the ruins of war while being at peace as the American.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotents.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''We are always talking about being together, and yet whatever we invent destroys the family, and makes us wild, touchless beasts feeding on technicolor prairies and rivers.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "No Love and No Thanks," Alms for Oblivion (1964).

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