Brooks Atkinson

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Brooks Atkinson

Brooks Atkinson

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:30]
People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:43]
The cocktail party... is a device either for getting rid of social obligations hurriedly en masse or for making overtures toward more serious social relationships, as in the etiquette of whoring.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:50]
Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:57]
Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:05]
In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:15]
It seems not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life. It is the basic truth.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:23]
The most fatal illusion is the narrow point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:30]
The evil that men do lives on the front pages of greedy newspapers, but the good is oft interred apathetically inside.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:39]
After each war there is a little less democracy to save.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:51]
Nothing a man writes can please him as profoundly as something he does with his back, shoulders and hands. For writing is an artificial activity. It is a lonely and private substitute for conversation.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:59]
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:09]
Every man with an idea has at least two or three followers.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:18]
The Blonde in the Thunderbird.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:36]
As thought it is a contribution to public knowledge. As drama it is vivid and bold.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:43]
When Mr. Wilbur calls his play 'Halfway to Hell,' he underestimates the distance.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:01]
In the 1920s dramatists attacked their subjects as if the inequities could be resolved. Some of the traditional optimism of America lurked behind most of the early plays. But not now. There is no conviction now that the problem will be solved.More Brooks Atkinson [09/17/2011 09:09:23]
Every man with an idea has at least two or three followers.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on lookingMore Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The cocktail party... is a device either for getting rid of social obligations hurriedly en masse or for making overtures toward more serious social relationships, as in the etiquette of whoring.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It seems not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life. It is the basic truth.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The most fatal illusion is the narrow point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The evil that men do lives on the front pages of greedy newspapers, but the good is oft interred apathetically insideMore Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Real art is illumination, it adds stature to life.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We cheerfully assume that in some mystic way love conquers all, that good outweighs evil in the just balances of the universe and at the 11th hour something gloriously triumphant will prevent the worst before it happens.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life is seldom as unendurable as, to judge by the facts, it logically ought to be.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
After each war there is a little less democracy left to save.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
This nation was built by men who took risks-pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, businessmen who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of the truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There should be a dash of the amateur in criticism. For the amateur is a man of enthusiasm who has not settled down and is not habit bound.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Everyone in daily life carries such a heavy mixed burden on his own conscience that he is reluctant to penalize those who have been caught.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The cheese and wine party has the form of friendship without the warmth and devotion. It is a device either for getting rid of social obligations hurriedly en mass, or for making overtures towards more serious social relationships, as in the etiquette of whoring.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Writing is not an end in itself but life transmuted into radiance.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
New Yorkers are inclined to assume it will never rain, and certainly not on New Yorkers.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Say "Yes" to the seedlings and a giant forest cleaves the sky. Say "Yes" to the universe and the planets become your neighbors. Say "Yes" to dreams of love and freedom. It is the password to utopia.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The humorous man recognizes that absolute purity, absolute justice, absolute logic and perfection are beyond human achievement and that men have been able to live happily for thousands of years in a state of genial frailty.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the 1920s dramatists attacked their subjects as if the inequities could be resolved. Some of the traditional optimism of America lurked behind most of the early plays. But not now. There is no conviction now that the problem will be solved.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Although the theater is not life, it is composed of fragments or imitations of life, and people on both sides of the footlight have to unite to make the fragments whole and the imitations genuine.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Good plays drive bad playgoers crazy.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It seems to me that the thing that makes the theater worthwhile is the fact that it attracts so many people with ideas who are constantly trying to share them with the public. Real art is illumination. It gives a man an idea he never had before or lights up ideas that were formless or only lurking in the shadows of his mind. It adds stature to life.More Brooks Atkinson [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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