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.
    For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
    More quotations from: David Antin
  • 3.
    Poetry is a painted kind of romantic, but song lyrics are just a warped version of love that used to be.
    More quotations from: Aeran Dawn
  • 4.
    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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  • 5.
    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).)
  • 6.
    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).)
  • 7.
    'As Beethoven composed his lyrics with his spirit, it became superb. As john Miltion wrote his works, it became masterpiece, As August Rodin sculpted stones, it became living figures, As william shakespeare wrote his poetry, it became marvelous, as Leonardo da vinci made paintings, it became the greatest art. As Goethe wrote philosophy, it became universal so do something in an unique way that will dazzle the whole world like them'
    More quotations from: Pushkar Bisht
  • 8.
    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).)
    More quotations from: Malcolm McLaren, lyric
  • 9.
    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).)
  • 10.
    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).)
    More quotations from: Boris Pasternak, lyric, poetry, life
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