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'To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.'


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'Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.'


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'History develops, art stands still.'


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'The sadness of the incomplete, the sadness that is often Life, but should never be Art.'


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'The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.'


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'Nonsense and beauty have close connections.'


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'Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due - she reminds us too much of a prima donna.'


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'Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due - she reminds us too much of a prima donna.'


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'Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.'


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'The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.'


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'People have their own deaths as well as their own lives, and even if there is nothing beyond death, we shall differ in our nothingness.'


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'Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him.'


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'I am so used to seeing the sort of play which deals with one man and two women. They do not leave me with the feeling I have made a full theatrical meal they do not give me the experience of the multiplicity of life.'


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'The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius'


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'Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch.'


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'I have no mystic faith in the people. I have in the individual.'


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'The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.'


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'We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.'


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'Only people who have been allowed to practise freedom can have the grown-up look in their eyes.'


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'What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?'


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'What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.'


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'History develops, art stands still.'


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'I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.'


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'If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.'


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'We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.'


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'The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.'


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'Love is always being given where it is not required.'


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'The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.'


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'I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.'


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'One of the evils of money is that it tempts us to look at it rather than at the things that it buys.'


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'What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?'


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'England has always been disinclined to accept human nature.'


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'A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.'


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'The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch.'


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'The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal.'


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'The people I respect most behave as if they were immortal and as if society was eternal.'


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'One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.'


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'One is certain of nothing but the truth of one's own emotions.'


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'Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.'


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'I am so used to seeing the sort of play which deals with one man and two women. They do not leave me with the feeling I have made a full theatrical meal they do not give me the experience of the multiplicity of life.'


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'The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.'

 

 

 

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