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By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Lord, if there is a heartache Vienna cannot cure I hope never to feel it. I came home cured of everything except Vienna.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

Critics have been amusing themselves for a long time by auscultating fiction for signs of heart failure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

I do not think about absent persons as often or with such intense longing as I think of places. They lie one below the other in my mind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Novelists who treat violence and cruelty as something to be exploited for their effect, or to enjoy the pleasure of an evacuation, are carriers of a singularly unpleasant disease.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Pornography is essentially reductive, an exercise in the nothing-but mode, a depersonalizing of the human beings involved, a showing-up of human lust as nothing but an affair of the genitals.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

There is a stage in any misery when the victim begins to find a deep satisfaction in it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

In Europe, war is a disease which has been in the family for generations: no one is surprised when it makes another leap. Even the patient only attends to it with part of his mind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

... the stomach is near the heart and one appetite pricks on another.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

The least stupid question a man asks in his lifetime is not: Is there a God and is He a god or a devil? But: Brother, why are you killing me?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

Inevitably, the flood of literary pornography loosed on us is dulling our reactions of surprise or shock. Its writers are forced to raise the ante, to provide stronger and stronger stimulants. Or try to provide them, since both the manner, the naming of parts and the few inexpressive four-letter words, and the matter, are narrowly limited.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

Think of all the really successful men and women you know. Do you know a single one who didn't learn very young the trick of calling attention to himself in the right quarters?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

The hunger of the spirit for eternity - as fierce as a starving man's for bread - is much less a craving to go on living than a craving for redemption. Oh, and a protest against absurdity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

From so much of this seriously-intended pornography there rises, even when it is lewdly or boisterously comic, the acrid smell, unmistakable, of self-dislike.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

As often as not our whole self...engages itself in the most trivial of things, the shape of a particular hill, a road in the town in which we lived as children, the movement of wind in grass. The things we shall take with us when we die will nearly all be small things.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

You can't argue with a raging want. You can, but it is useless.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

The critic's hankering to be law-giver rather than servant of literature is irrepressible.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

If we are to survive on this planet, there must be compromises.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

The impossible talked of is less impossible from the moment words are laid to it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Language is one of the thin walls humanity has built up over centuries against its own bestial and destructive impulses.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

Very rare, the intelligence of the heart. The intelligence of the whimsical brain is less rare, less attaching, sometimes tedious.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

invaders always destroy libraries.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

All writers who can claim to be called 'living' must be political in a sense. They must have what the Quakers call a concern to understand what is happening in the world, and must engage themselves, in their writing, to promote no comfortable lies, of the sort which people will pay well to be told rather than the truth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

... the whole of society in Washington is to some degree political. It is like no other capital city known to me, in that political thinking, the whole business, technical and personal, of politics, is not diluted by an equal interest in art, industry, amusement, anything you like. I don't meant that these are non-existent in Washington -- only that they are subdued to the ruling passion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

Truth is the only good and the purest pity. ... Men lie for profit or for pity. All lies turn to poison, but a lie that is told for pity or shame breeds such a host of ills that no power on earth can compass their redemption.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

To reject censorship after studying the risks involved is very well. To reject it ex cathedra, in the tones of Calvin pronouncing a dogma, eyes and mind closed to the possible consequences, the even marginally possible, is to make things too comfortable for oneself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

War, for any cause, is inexcusable. There is nothing which excuses us for the beastly ingenuity of our wars. Only fools, only the diseased, think that we are served by killing the strong young men with machines.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

A minor symptom of wars is the cancerous growth of committees.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

Great advertising is the expression of deep emotional sincerity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

An animal is not cruel; it lives wholly in the instant leap on its prey, in the present taste of marrow or blood. Cruelty begins with the memory, and the pleasures of the memory are impure; they draw their strength along levels where no sun has reached.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Nothing lasts. Not even a great sorrow.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

The young are so much more vulnerable than the old - the stuff is still warm and malleable, it takes impressions.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present. Most of us spend fifty-nine minutes an hour living in the past, with regret for lost joys or shame for things badly done (both utterly useless and weakening) or in a future which we either long for or dread. . . . There is only one minute in which you are alive, this minute, here and now. The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle. Which is exactly what it is-a miracle and unrepeatable.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Storm Jameson

We need the slower and more lasting stimulus of solitary reading as a relief from the pressure on eye, ear and nerves of the torrent of information and entertainment pouring from ever-open electronic jaws. It could end by stupefying us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

She did not so much cook as assassinate food.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

I am never happier than when I am alone in a foreign city; it is as if I had become invisible.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Language is memory and metaphor.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

In what touches their social convictions, most persons do not think. The threat of change, with all it suggests to them in the loss of social and economic privilege, alarms so deeply that they are incapable of unprejudiced thought. They seem to themselves to be thinking, with lucidity and fairness, but since they start from the conviction that change must undoubtedly be for the worse or from settled grief at the thought of losing what is old and lovely, they are doing no more than following a logical sequence of ideas from a false premise.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

The gesture with which one generation guards the next is the movement, and the only time we see it clearly, of life itself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

to grow old is to have taken away, one by one, all gifts of life, the food and wine, the music and the company. ... the gods unloose, one by one, the mortal fingers that cling to the edge of the table.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Perhaps this is in the end what most marriages are - gentleness, memory, and habit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

Is it really beyond our wits to devise some form of censorship which would trap only the crudely sadistic?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

Hope is a talent like any other.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

The older I grow the more sharply I mistrust words. So few of them have any meaning left. It is impossible to write one sentence in which every word has the bareness and hardness of bones, the reality of the skeleton.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

Women will always put persons above ideas ... and so they'll always be defeated. Persons die, and ideas rule the world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

There is as much vanity in self-scourgings as in self-justification.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

... we do not remember people as they were. What we remember is the effect they had on us then, but we remember it through an emotion charged with all that has since happened to us.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

Writers sometimes talk as though they were the only friends of civilization. This is their conceit. But they have special powers to serve -- or to corrupt -- civilization, and are obliged to use them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

I am persuaded that not a novel in ten thousand is of any use to a child to fit him for life. The most are of use only to unfit him -- to blunt his senses and infect him with the writers' poor silly sentiments. Nine out of ten novelists deserve to be prosecuted under an Adulterated Emotions Act.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

... the truth is exactly that which can't be got into words. We are forced to lie, a little or, if we are inferior, much.