George Steiner

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George Steiner

Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The new sound-sphere is global. It ripples at great speed across languages, ideologies, frontiers and races. The economics of this musical Esperanto is staggering. Rock and pop breed concentric worlds of fashion, setting and life-style. Popular music has brought with it sociologies of private and public manner, of group solidarity. The politics of Eden come loud.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Pornographers subvert this last, vital privacy; they do our imagining for us. They take away the words that were of the night and shout them over the roof-tops, making them hollow.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past. Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement against that past.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The violent illiteracies of the graffiti, the clenched silence of the adolescent, the nonsense cries from the stage-happening, are resolutely strategic. The insurgent and the freak-out have broken off discourse with a cultural system which they despise as a cruel, antiquated fraud. They will not bandy words with it. Accept, even momentarily, the conventions of literate linguistic exchange, and you are caught in the net of the old values, of the grammars that can condescend or enslave.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To many men... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The age of the book is almost gone.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To shoot a man because one disagrees with his interpretation of Darwin or Hegel is a sinister tribute to the supremacy of ideas in human affairs -- but a tribute nevertheless.More George Steiner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the morning.More George Steiner [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or piece of prose he or she really loves...is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital. When two of God's children join hands and hearts, all of Heaven rejoices. Thanks to a subscriber - Pamela Watkins -George Steiner.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The journalistic vision sharpens to the point of maximum impact every event, every individual and social configuration; but the honing is uniform. - Real Presences, 1989.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Every language is a world. Without translation, we would inhabit parishes bordering on silence.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the morning.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past.... Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement against that past.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuityMore George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Chess may be the deepest, least exhaustible of pastimes, but it is nothing more. As for a chess genius, he is a human being who focuses vast, little-understood mental gifts and labors on an ultimately trivial human enterprise.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life proceeds amid an incessant network of signals.More George Steiner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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