Edward Dahlberg

(1900_1977 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Edward Dahlberg Quotes

  • ''Men are mad most of their lives; few live sane, fewer die so.... The acts of people are baffling unless we realize that their wits are disordered. Man is driven to justice by his lunacy.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. The Carnal Myth, ch. 2 (1968).
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  • ''Though man is the only beast that can write, he has small reason to be proud of it. When he utters something that is wise it is nothing that the river horse does not know, and most of his creations are the result of accident.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. The Carnal Myth, ch. 5 (1968).
  • ''Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. The Carnal Myth, introduction (1968).
  • ''The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. The Carnal Myth, ch. 5 (1968).
  • ''To write is a humiliation.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. The Carnal Myth, introduction (1968).
  • ''I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "The Expatriates: A Memoir," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''Nothing in our times has become so unattractive as virtue.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "The Expatriates: A Memoir," Alms for Oblivion (1964).
  • ''No people require maxims so much as the American. The reason is obvious: the country is so vast, the people always going somewhere, from Oregon apple valley to boreal New England, that we do not know whether to be temperate orchards or sterile climate.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Word-Sick And Place-Crazy," Alms For Oblivion (1964).
  • ''Look at this poet William Carlos Williams: he is primitive and native, and his roots are in raw forest and violent places; he is word-sick and place-crazy. He admires strength, but for what? Violence! This is the cult of the frontier mind.''
    Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), U.S. author, critic. "Word-Sick And Place-Crazy," Alms for Oblivion (1964).

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