Famous quotes by Critics


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"Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week"
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"The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart"
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"One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well"
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"Many people today don't want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing, They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety"
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"The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman, or as some other suitable species of human being, the American wants to be considered a good guy"
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"Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it make us vain, in fact, of our modesty"
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"The closer and more confidential our relationship with someone, the less we are entitled to ask about what we are not voluntarily told"
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"In art there are tears that lie too deep for thought"
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"Privacy was in sufficient danger before TV appeared, and TV has given it its death blow"
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"Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it"
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"It is the gossip columnist's business to write about what is none of his business"
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"Highly educated bores are by far the worst; they know so much, in such fiendish detail, to be boring about"
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"The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy"
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"The trouble with our age is all signposts and no destination"
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"There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave"
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"Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week"
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"Those who can command themselves command others"
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"The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet"
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"The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor"
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"The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature"
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"The most learned are often the most narrow minded"
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"Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming"
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"An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may"
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"Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food"
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"When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest"
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"To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us"
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"To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous"
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"Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress"
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"Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves"
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"The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices"
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