23 Total Quotes

Kenneth Tynan Quotes

A novel is a static thing that one moves through; a play is a dynamic thing that moves past one.
Kenneth Tynan
#Past #English Critic

A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
Kenneth Tynan
#English Critic

Not content to have the audience in the palm of his hand, he goes one further and clinches his fist.
Kenneth Tynan
#English Critic #Audience

The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional. Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art.
Kenneth Tynan
#Body

Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding.
Kenneth Tynan
#English Critic

The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me. In an effort to understand it, I became a critic.
Kenneth Tynan
#English Critic #Complexity

Art and ideology often interact on each other; but the plain fact is that both spring from a common source. Both draw on human experience to explain mankind to itself; both attempt, in very different ways, to assemble coherence from seemingly unrelated phenomena; both stand guard for us against chaos.
Kenneth Tynan
#Ideology #Art

Pearl is a disease of oysters. Levant is a disease of Hollywood.
Kenneth Tynan
#English Critic #Disease

A city whose living immediacy is so urgent that when I am in it I lose all sense of the past
Kenneth Tynan
#Living

A neurosis is a secret that you don't know you are keeping
Kenneth Tynan
#Neurosis

An office block made of prestressed celery.
Kenneth Tynan
#Office

What, when drunk, one sees in other women, one sees in Garbo sober.
Kenneth Tynan
#Women #English Critic

William Congreve is the only sophisticated playwright England has produced; and like Shaw, Sheridan, and Wilde, his nearest rivals, he was brought up in Ireland.
Kenneth Tynan
#England

I am totally against the idea that a Muslim woman should not have the same opportunities as a Muslim man to learn, to open up, to work, help shape the future. To close Islam down to a sexist approach is totally intolerable and ridiculous. It's not Islam.
Kenneth Tynan
#Quotes #Man

A neurosis is a secret that you don't know you are keeping.
Kenneth Tynan
#English Critic

A city whose living immediacy is so urgent that when I am in it I lose all sense of the past.
Kenneth Tynan
#English Critic