Van Wyck Brooks Quotes

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Van Wyck Brooks Quotes

The writer is important only by dint of the territory he colonizes.
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No man should ever publish a book until he has first read it to a woman.

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Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright.

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The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me ... by newspapers and the Bible.

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Nothing is sadder than having worldly standards without worldly means.

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If men were basically evil, who would bother to improve the world instead of giving it up as a bad job at the outset?

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No one in this country has any root anywhere; we don't live in America, we board here, we are like spiders that run over the surface of the water.

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Better the fragrant herb of wit and a little cream of affability than all the pretty cups in the world.

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As against having beautiful workshops, studies, etc., one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day.

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The instructed man is ashamed to pronounce in an Orphic manner what everybody knows, and because he is silent people think he is making fun of them.

— Van Wyck Brooks

The writer is important only by dint of the territory he colonizes.

— Van Wyck Brooks

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