63 Total Quotes

Edward Dahlberg Quotes

It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.
Edward Dahlberg
#People #Critics And Criticism

When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels.
Edward Dahlberg
#American Novelist #Life

One cat in a house is a sign of loneliness, two of barrenness, and three of sodomy.
Edward Dahlberg
#Loneliness #Cats

Every decision you make is a mistake.
Edward Dahlberg
#American Novelist

The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self-service populace, and all our specious comforts --the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria --are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.
Edward Dahlberg
#Heart #Self-interest

The majority of persons choose their wives with as little prudence as they eat. They see a troll with nothing else to recommend her but a pair of thighs and choice hunkers, and so smart to void their seed that they marry her at once. They imagine they can live in marvelous contentment with handsome feet and ambrosial buttocks. Most men are accredited fools shortly after they leave the womb.
Edward Dahlberg
#Wives #Majority

Men are mad most of their lives; few live sane, fewer die so. The acts of people are baffling unless we realize that their wits are disordered. Man is driven to justice by his lunacy.
Edward Dahlberg
#American Novelist #Men

There is a strange and mighty race of people called the Americans who are rapidly becoming the coldest in the world because of this cruel, man-eating idol, lucre.
Edward Dahlberg
#Money

Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors.
Edward Dahlberg
#American Novelist #Conscience

Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
Edward Dahlberg
#Critics And Criticism #Worth

So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born.
Edward Dahlberg
#American Novelist

Everything ultimately fails, for we die, and that is either the penultimate failure or our most enigmatical achievement.
Edward Dahlberg
#Failure #Achievement

We cannot live, suffer or die for somebody else, for suffering is too precious to be shared.
Edward Dahlberg
#American Novelist #Suffering

Though man is the only beast that can write, he has small reason to be proud of it. When he utters something that is wise it is nothing that the river horse does not know, and most of his creations are the result of accident.
Edward Dahlberg
#Humankind #Man

We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain.
Edward Dahlberg
#Solitude

What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful.
Edward Dahlberg
#Writers And Writing #Luck