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Wyndham Lewis Quotes

Contradict yourself. In order to live, you must remain broken up.
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Contradict yourself. In order to live, you must remain broken up.

— Wyndham Lewis

Art is the expression of an enormous preference.

— Wyndham Lewis

You're a terrible feller," said Butcher. "If you had your way, you'd leave us stark naked. We should all be standing on our little island in the savage state of the Ancient Britons; figuratively." He hiccuped. "Yes, figuratively. But in reality the country would be armed better than it ever had been before. And by the sacrifice of these famous 'national characteristics' we cling to sentimentally, and which are merely the accident of a time, we should lay a soil and foundation of unspecific force on which new and realler 'national flavours' would very soon sprout." "I quite agree," Butcher jerked out energetically. He ordered another Laager. "I agree with what you say. If we don't give up dreaming, we shall get spanked. I have given up my gypsies. That was very public-spirited of me?" He looked coaxingly. "If every one would give up their gypsies, their jokes and their gentlemen-. 'Gentlemen' are worse than gypsies.

— Wyndham Lewis

I feel most at home in the United States, not because it is intrinsically a more interesting country, but because no one really belongs there any more than I do. We are all there together in its wholly excellent vacuum.

— Wyndham Lewis

Revolution today is taken for granted, and in consequence becomes rather dull.

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An artist should be as impartial as God.

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Life is art's rival and vice versa.

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The streets of a modern city are depressing. They are so aimless and so weak in their lines and their masses, that the mind and senses jog on their way like passengers in a train with blinds down in an overcrowded carriage.

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God is, of course, a terrifying reality. I had thought that I knew all about God, and had Him in a pigeon hole. But I met Him at the corner of a street
He entered my mind with a bang, and nearly burst my head open.

— Wyndham Lewis

People are so overwhelmed with the prestige of their instruments that they consider their personal judgement of hardly any account.

— Wyndham Lewis

Spain is an overflow of sombreness ... a strong and threatening tide of history meets you at the frontier.

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To begin with, I hold that there is never an end; everything of which our life is composed, pictures and books as much as anything else, is a means only, in the sense that the work of art exists in the body of the movement of life. It may be a strong factor of progress and direction, but we cannot say that it is the end or reason of things, for it is so much implicated with them ; and when we are speaking of art we suddenly find that we are talking of life all the time.

— Wyndham Lewis

Elephants are VERY BIG. Motor cars go quickly.

— Wyndham Lewis

Feminism was recognized by the average man as a conflict in which it was impossible for a man, as a chivalrous gentleman, as a respecter of the rights of little nations (like little Belgium), as a highly evolved citizen of a highly civilized community, to refuse the claim of this better half to self-determination.

— Wyndham Lewis

Laughter is an independent, tremendously important, and lurid emotion.

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The Future is distant, like the Past, and therefore sentimental. The mere element "Past" must be retained to sponge up and absorb our melancholy. Everything absent, remote, requiring projection in the veiled weakness of the mind, is sentimental.

— Wyndham Lewis

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