Wyndham Lewis

(1882_1957 / Amherst)

Wyndham Lewis Quotes

  • ''Spain is an overflow of sombreness ... a strong and threatening tide of history meets you at the frontier.''
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "A Soldier of Humour," The Wild Body (1927).
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  • ''Prostration is our natural position. A wormlike movement from a spot of sunlight to a spot of shade, and back, is the type of movement that is natural to men.''
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "Call Yourself a Man!" The Art of Being Ruled (1926).
  • ''It is more comfortable for me, in the long run, to be rude than polite.''
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. Little Review (Chicago, May 1917). One of the "Imaginary Letters" exchanged between Lewis and Ezra Pound in Little Review.
  • ''The art of advertisement, after the American manner, has introduced into all our life such a lavish use of superlatives, that no standard of value whatever is intact.''
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "'Promise' as an Institution," pt. 2, The Doom of Youth (1932).
  • ''"Revolution" today is taken for granted, and in consequence becomes rather dull.''
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "Revolution and Progress," ch. 5, The Art of Being Ruled (1926).
  • ''No American worth his salt should go around looking for a root. I advance this in all modesty, as a not unreasonable opinion.''
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The Case Against Roots," America and Cosmic Man (1948).
  • ''All orthodox opinion—that is, today, "revolutionary" opinion either of the pure or the impure variety—is anti-man.''
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The Family and Feminism," ch. 10, The Art of Being Ruled (1926).
  • ''Almost anything that can be praised or advocated has been put to some disgusting use. There is no principle, however immaculate, that has not had its compromising manipulator.''
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The Family and Feminism," ch. 8, The Art of Being Ruled (1926).
  • ''A hundred things are done today in the divine name of Youth, that if they showed their true colours would be seen by rights to belong rather to old age.''
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The Family and Feminism," ch. 6, The Art of Being Ruled (1926).
  • ''We are the first men of a Future that has not materialized. We belong to a "great age" that has not "come off." We moved too quickly for the world. We set too sharp a pace.''
    Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), British author, painter. "The Period of 'Ulysses', 'Blast', 'The Waste Land'," pt. 5, Blasting and Bombardiering (1937).

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