Harold Bloom Quotes

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Harold Bloom Quotes

Criticism starts - it has to start - with a real passion for reading. It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties, but you must fall in love with poems.
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Criticism in the universities, I'll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It's Stalinism without Stalin.

— Harold Bloom

For more than half a century I have tried to confront greatness directly, hardly a fashionable stance, but I see no other justification for literary criticism in the shadows of our Evening Land. Over time the strong poets settle these matters for themselves, and precursors remain alive in their progeny. Readers in our flooded landscape use their own perceptiveness. But an advance can be of some help. If you believe that the canon in time will select itself, you still can follow a critical impulse to hasten the process, as I did with the later Stevens, Ashbury, and, more recently, Henri Cole.

— Harold Bloom

Spiritual power and spiritual authority notoriously shade over into both politics and poetry.

— Harold Bloom

Calling a work of sufficient literary power either religious or secular is a political decision, not an aesthetic one.

— Harold Bloom

There is no God but God, and his name is William Shakespeare.

— Harold Bloom

American Religionists, when I questioned them, frequently said that falling in love was affirming again Christ's love for each of them.

— Harold Bloom

BLOOM: I take it that a successful therapy is an oxymoron.
INTERVIEWER: It's always interminable?
BLOOM: I do not know anyone who has ever benefited from Freudian or any other mode of analysis, except by being, to use the popular trope for it, so badly shrunk, that they become quite dried out. That is to say, all passion spent. Perhaps they become better people, but they also become stale and uninteresting people with very few exceptions. Like dried-out cheese, or wilted flowers.

— Harold Bloom

I could not find any evidence that her circumstances had harmed Jane Austen's work in the slightest. That, perhaps, was the chief miracle about it. Here was a woman about the year 1800 writing without hate, without bitterness, without fear, without protest, without preaching. Her mind consumed all impediments.

— Harold Bloom

When critics surrender to the prevailing orthodoxy, the author says they adopt the rhetoric of an occupied country, one that expects no liberation from liberation.

— Harold Bloom

There is no method except yourself.

— Harold Bloom

Unless you have read and absorbed the best that can be read and absorbed, you will not think clearly or well.

— Harold Bloom

There is a God, and his name is Aristophanes.

— Harold Bloom

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