306 Total Quotes

English Critic Quotes

William Hazlitt
If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
William Hazlitt
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A novel is a static thing that one moves through; a play is a dynamic thing that moves past one.
Kenneth Tynan
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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
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Bernard Baruch
I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
Bernard Baruch
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Part of the public horror of sexual irregularity so-called is due to the fact that everyone knows himself essentially guilty.
Aleister Crowley
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William Hazlitt
Zeal will do more than knowledge.
William Hazlitt
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A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind.
Clive Bell
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Charles Lamb
Anything awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral.
Charles Lamb
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Not content to have the audience in the palm of his hand, he goes one further and clinches his fist.
Kenneth Tynan
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Charles Lamb
The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.
Charles Lamb
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Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.
Aleister Crowley
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Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life.
Aleister Crowley
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If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.
Aleister Crowley
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The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.
Aleister Crowley
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I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.
Aleister Crowley
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Intolerance is evidence of impotence.
Aleister Crowley
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I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.
Aleister Crowley
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Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.
Aleister Crowley
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I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.
Aleister Crowley
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The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one's neighbor and this fact goes far to account for religious intolerance. It is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are headed for hell.
Aleister Crowley
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Indubitably, Magic is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics.
Aleister Crowley
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The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
Aleister Crowley
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The people who have really made history are the martyrs.
Aleister Crowley
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I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.
Aleister Crowley
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The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach.
Aleister Crowley
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To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
Aleister Crowley
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The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
Aleister Crowley
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Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
Aleister Crowley
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I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.
Aleister Crowley
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The forms of art are inexhaustible; but all lead by the same road of aesthetic emotion to the same world of aesthetic ecstasy.
Clive Bell
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