More Memorable Quotes

Happiness is in the imagination. What we perform, is always inferior to what we imagine.–Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave

You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.–W. Somerset Maugham, The Circle

Art attempts to find in the universe, in matter as well as in the facts of life, what is fundamental, enduring, essential.–Saul Bellow, Nobel Prize Speech

Recognizableness is an artistic quality which most people find profoundly thrilling.–Aldous Huxley, Music at Night

Art enlarges by admitting us to the inner life of others.–Walter Lippmann, A Preface to Politics

Half of art is knowing when to stop.–Arthur William Radford

A work of art is good if it is has sprung from necessity.–Rainer Maria Rilke, Letter to a Young Poet

The proper study of mankind is books.–Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow

Civilization is an exercise in self-restraint.–W.B. Yeats

Verbal communication about music is impossible, except among musicians.–Virgil Thompson, The State of Music

The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts, but of values.–W.R. Inge, The Church in the World

Genius is talent provided with ideals.–W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer’s Notebook

Impropriety is the soul of wit.–W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer’s Notebook

Men die but an idea does not.–Alan Jay Lerner, The Street Where I Live

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.–Simone Weil, Gravity and Grouse

Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.–Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

The limits of language stand for the limits of my world.–Ludwig Wittgenstein, quoted Harry Zohn, Karl Kraus

Literature is not about something: it is the thing itself, the quiddity.–Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature

In memory everything seems to happen to music.–Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Music is the best means of digesting time.–W.H. Auden, quoted Robert Craft, Stravinsky: The Chronicle of a Friendship

Poetry is a perfectly reasonable means of overcoming chaos.–I. A. Richards, Science and Poetry

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.–George Santayana, Little Essays

Human kind/Cannot bear much reality.–T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton

Most of one’s life is a prolonged effort to avoid thinking.–Aldous Huxley, Green Tunnels


Stupidity. ignorance, dumbing down, and settling for less continue to have no appeal in the great scheme of things.

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