Tom Wolfe Quotes
''The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion.''Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. author, journalist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, September 8, 1988).
''It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.''Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. journalist, author. "Jonestown," ch. 2, In Our Time (1980).
''A cult is a religion with no political power.''Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. journalist, author. "Jonestown," ch. 2, In Our Time (1980).
''Radical Chic, after all, is only radical in Style; in its heart it is part of Society and its traditionsPolitics, like Rock, Pop, and Camp, has its uses.''Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. author, journalist. Essay originally published in New York (June 8, 1970). Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak-Catchers (1970).
''On Wall Street he and a few othershow many?three hundred, four hundred, five hundred?had become precisely that ... Masters of the Universe.''Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. author, journalist. The Bonfire of the Vanities, ch. 1 (1979).
''A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.''Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. author, journalist. The Bonfire of the Vanities, ch. 24 (1987).
''We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past.''Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. author, journalist. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, ch. 11 (1968). Ken Kesey's philosophy.
''We are now in the Me Decadeseeing the upward roll of ... the third great religious wave in American history.''Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. author, journalist. "The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening," Mauve Gloves and Madmen (1976).
''The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art ... is merely romantic fiction.... The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened.''Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. journalist, author. The Painted Word, ch. 2 (1975).
''Not "Seeing is Believing" you ninny, but "Believing is Seeing." For modern art has become completely literary: the paintings and other works exist only to illustrate the text.''Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. journalist, author. The Painted Word, ch. 1 (1975).
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Autumn was kind to them,
Winter was long to them—
But in April, late April,
All the gold sang.
Spring came that year like magic,
Like music, and like song.
One day its breath was in the air,
A haunting premonition of its spirit
Filled the hearts of men
With its transforming loveliness,
Working its sudden and icredible sorcery
Upon grey streets, grey pavements,
And on grey faceless tides of manswarm ciphers.
It came like music faint and far,
It came with triumph,
And a sound of singing in the air,
With lutings of sweet ...
Like the River
Why are you absent in the night, my love?
Where are you when the bells ring in the night?
Now, there are bells again,
How strange to hear the bells
In this vast, sleeping city!
Now, in a million little towns,
Now in the dark and lonely places of this earth,
Small bells are ringing out the time!
O my dark soul,