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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 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

A politician is forced to make a habit of noble phrases and optimistic lies. In the end they infect himself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.

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 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Language is memory and metaphor.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

giving the utmost of herself to three absorbing interests [marriage, motherhood, career] ... was a problem for a superwoman, and a job for a superwoman, and only some such fabled being could have accomplished it with success.

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

The strangest thing about life is not its frightful cruelty, but that it can be gentle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

An intelligent man or woman willing to make a career of reviewing fiction is hard to come by ... And the temporaries do the work cheaply. Moreover, continuity may be got at the expense of intellectual arthritis; a reviewer who has been at his grisly task for half a lifetime may stiffen into prejudices of every sort, and become too anchylosed to do better than turn his back to a new wave when it rushes down on him.

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 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 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

the sex even in serious pornography has less singularity than the mating of squirrels.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

She did not so much cook as assassinate food.

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 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

Nationalism will keep its venom until we succeed in creating an image of the nations of the whole world as so many provinces.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Sadistic literature is not only inhumane. It is anti-human.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

Fear is the deep motive of abstract art - fear of a repellent civilization which is dominated by the power of things. ... who can be surprised if, more sensitive than the others, the artist is terrified by the power things have acquired over us?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

One of the uncovenanted benefits of living for a long time is that, having so many more dead than living friends, death can appear as a step backwards into the joyous past.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

Great advertising is the expression of deep emotional sincerity.

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 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

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

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

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

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

Writing was a chimney for my blazing ambitions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

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

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

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

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 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 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Nothing lasts. Not even a great sorrow.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

each time that I have run away - and from a habit it quickly became an illness - I have betrayed someone. Myself, but not always only myself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

jealousy, the most hideous emotion any human being ever suffers, has nothing to do with the mind. Or not at first.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

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

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 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

No form of art repeats or imitates successfully all that can be said by another; the writer conveys his experience of life along a channel of communication closed to painter, mathematician, musician, film-maker.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Storm Jameson

Not literature alone, but society itself is wormed and rotten when language ceases to be respected not merely by advertisers and politicians, but by persons of learning and authority.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

There is only one world; the world pressing against you at this minute. 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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

What I do not know and cannot even hope to understand before I die is why human beings are willfully, coldly, matter-of-factly cruel to each other ... What nerve has atrophied in the torturer, or worse is sensually moved?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Storm Jameson

The past is able to close round certain moments, as if they were seeds, and deliver them again fresh and living in the present.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

In my firm, we dealt in lies. Advertising is that ... the skilful use of the truth to mislead, to spoil, to debase.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Storm Jameson

invaders always destroy libraries.

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

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