Alfred Kazin Quotes
Brief author info: Alfred Kazin (1915-1998) American literary critic, teacher, editor, memoirist.
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Art changes all the time, but it never "improves." It may go down, or up, but it never improves as technology and medicine improve.
What need had the businessman to scribble or philosophize when he dominated the imagination of his time and the frantic materialism that was his principle of existence had become the haunting central figure in contemporary life?
A year after Hemingway died on the front page, Faulkner went off after a binge, as if dying was nobody's business but his own.
Modern American literature was born in protest, born in rebellion, born out of the sense of loss and indirection which was imposed upon the new generations out of the realization that the old formal culture-the "New England idea"-could no longer serve.
Is it strange, then, that in a literature so concerned with realism and with personal liberation this refusal and impoverishment of the life of the spirit have always nourished the screamers, the eccentrics, the pseudo-Whitmans, the calculating terrorists?
The conviction of tragedy that rises out of his [John Dos Passos's] work is the steady protest of a sensitive democratic conscience against the tyranny and the ugliness of society, against the failure of a complete human development under industrial capitalism.
We never know how much has been missing from our lives until a true writer comes along.
What happens whenever we convert a writer into a symbol is that we lose the writer himself in all his indefeasible singularity, his particular inimitable genius.
Here is the secret of inspiration: tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.
Things don't change. You change your way of looking, that's all.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
The friendship that can come to an end, never really began.