James Agee

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James Agee

We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee in
the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself
as a child.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When he ran from a cop his transitions from accelerating walk to easy jog trot to brisk canter to headlong gallop to flogged-piston sprint were as distinct and as soberly in order as an automatic gearshift.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Understanding, and action proceeding from understanding and guided by it, is one weapon against the world's bombardment, the one medicine, the one instrument by which liberty, health, and joy may be shaped . . . in the individual, and in the race.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
This continent, an open palm spread frank before the sky.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, A Death in the Family, Shorter FictionMore James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The mere attempt to examine my own confusion would consume volumes.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As a whole part of "psychological education" it needs to be remembered that a neurosis can be valuable; also that "adjustment" to a sick and insane environment is of itself not "health" but sickness and insanity.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is a peculiar part of the good photographer's adventure to know where luck is most likely to lie in the stream, to hook it, and to bring it in without unfair play and without too much subduing it.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm very anxious not to fall into archaism or "literary" diction. I want my vocabulary to have a very large range, but the words must be alive.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
God doesn't believe in the easy way.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For in the immediate world, everything is to be discerned, for him who can discern it, and central and simply, without either dissection into science, or digestion into art, but with the whole of consciousness, seeking to perceive it as it stands: so that the aspect of a street in sunlight can roar in the heart of itself as a symphony, perhaps as no symphony can: and all of consciousness is shifted from the imagined, the revisive, to the effort to perceive simply the cruel radiation of what is.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
And somewhat as in blind night, on a mild sea, a sailor may be made aware of an iceberg, fanged and mortal, bearing invisibly near, by the unwarned charm of its breath, nothingness now revealed itself: that permanent night upon which the stars in their expiring generations are less than the glinting of gnats, and nebulae, more trivial than winter breath; that darkness in which eternity lies bent and pale, a dead snake in a jar, and infinity is the sparkling of a wren blown out to sea; that inconceivable chasm of invulnMore James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
And a human being whose life is nurtured in an advantage which has accrued from the disadvantage of other human beings, and who prefers that this should remain as it is, is a human being by definition only, having much more in common with the bedbug, the tapeworm, the cancer, and the scavengers of the deep sea.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In every child who is born, no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again: and in him, too, once more, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life; toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A mother never realizes that her children are no longer children.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Isn’t every human being both a scientist and an artist; and in writing of human experience, isn’t there a good deal to be said for recognizing that fact and for using both methods?More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You've got to bear it in mind that nobody that ever lived is specially privileged; the axe can fall at any moment, on any neck, without any warning or any regard for justice. You've got to keep your mind off pitying your own rotten luck and setting up any kind of a howl about it. You've got to remember that things as bad as this and a hell of a lot worse have happened to millions of people before and that they've come through it and that you will too.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
How far we all come. How far we all come away from ourselves. So far, so much between, you can never go home again. You can go home, it's good to go home, but you never really get all the way home again in your life.
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whatever it was and however good it was, it wasn't what you once had been, and had lost, and could never have again, and once in a while, once in a long time, you remembered, and knew how far you were away, and it hit you hard enough, that little while it lasted, to break your heart.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Children, taught either years beneath their intelligence or miles wide of relevance to it, or both: their intelligence becomes hopelessly bewildered, drawn off its centers, bored, or atrophied.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm very anxious not to fall into archaism or 'literary' diction. I want my vocabulary to have a very large range, but the words must be alive.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I know I am making the choice most dangerous to an artist in valuing life above art,More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
By some chance, here they are, all on this earth; and who shall ever tell the sorrow of being on this earth, lying, on quilts, on the grass in a summer evening, among the sounds of the night. May God bless my people, my uncle, my aunt, my mother, my good father, oh, remember them kindly in their time of trouble; and in the hour of their taking away.More James Agee [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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