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I would say that there is no future for literary studies
by Harold Bloom

I would say that there is no future for literary studies
as such in the United States.
- Harold Bloom

What we call a poem is mostly what is not there on the page.
The strength of any poem is the poems that it has managed to exclude.
- Harold Bloom

Sometimes one succeeds, sometimes one fails.
- Harold Bloom

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

 

Shakespeare is the true multicultural author.
He exists in all languages.
He is put on the stage everywhere.
Everyone feels that they are represented by him on the stage.
- Harold Bloom

I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress,
even as regards the literary scene.
- Harold Bloom

The world does not get to be a better or a worse place;
it just gets more senescent.
- Harold Bloom

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I think Freud is about contamination,
but I think that is something he learned from Shakespeare,
because Shakespeare is about nothing but contamination,
you might say.
- Harold Bloom

What matters in literature in the end is surely the idiosyncratic,
the individual, the flavor or the color of a particular human suffering.
- Harold Bloom

No poem, not even Shakespeare or Milton or Chaucer,
is ever strong enough to totally exclude every crucial precursor text or poem.
- Harold Bloom

Shakespeare is universal.
- Harold Bloom

I take it that a successful therapy is an oxymoron.
- Harold Bloom

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet,
but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.
- Harold Bloom

In the finest critics one hears the full cry of the human.
They tell one why it matters to read.
- Harold Bloom

Indeed the three prophecies about the death of individual art are,
in their different ways, those of Hegel,
Marx, and Freud.
I don't see any way of getting beyond those prophecies.
- Harold Bloom

All that a critic, as critic, can give poets is the
deadly encouragement that never ceases to remind them
of how heavy their inheritance is.
- Harold Bloom

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.
- Harold Bloom

In fact, it is Shakespeare who gives us the map of the mind.
It is Shakespeare who invents Freudian Psychology.
Freud finds ways of translating it into supposedly analytical vocabulary.
- Harold Bloom

If they wish to alleviate the sufferings of the exploited classes,
let them live up to their pretensions,
let them abandon the academy and go out there and work
politically and economically and in a humanitarian spirit.
- Harold Bloom

We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar:
that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough;
that we need to know ourselves better;
that we require knowledge,
not just of self and others, but of the way things are.
- Harold Bloom

What I think I have in common with the school of deconstruction
is the mode of negative thinking or negative awareness,
in the technical, philosophical sense of the negative,
but which comes to me through negative theology.
- Harold Bloom

If I were to sum up the negative reactions to my work,
I think there are two primary causes:
one is that if there is discourse about anxiety it
is necessarily going to induce anxiety.
It will represent a return of the repressed for a great many people.
- Harold Bloom

The second, and I think this is the much more overt
and I think it is the main cause,
I have been increasingly demonstrating or trying to
demonstrate that every possible stance a critic,
a scholar, a teacher can take towards a poem is itself
inevitably and necessarily poetic.
- Harold Bloom

Shakespeare will not make us better,
and he will not make us worse,
but he may teach us how to overhear ourselves when we talk to ourselves...
he may teach us how to accept change in ourselves as in others,
and perhaps even the final form of change.
- Harold Bloom

But in the end, in the end one is alone.
We are all of us alone.
I mean I'm told these days we have to consider ourselves as being in society...
but in the end one knows one is alone,
that one lives at the heart of a solitude.
- Harold Bloom

What is supposed to be the very essence of Judaism -
which is the notion that it is by study that you make yourself a holy people -
is nowhere present in Hebrew tradition before the end
of the first or the beginning of the second century of the Common Era.
- Harold Bloom

The world gets older, without getting either better
or worse and so does literature.
But I do think that the drab current phenomenon that
passes for literary studies in the university will
finally provide its own corrective.
- Harold Bloom

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We get to CHOOSE the meaning for our lives.
Our lives mean exactly what we say they do - no more, no less.
Each of us chooses their path in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness is when
what you think,
what you say,
and what you do
are in harmony.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes,
and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Today, I say yes to forgiving.
I commit to being for-giving love
and for-giving compassion in all areas of my life.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Whatever you say, say with kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

To say "too busy" is merely
to say "confused priorities."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,
to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
- Joe Vitale

Today is a Happy Day because I say it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

What people say, what people do,
and what they say they do
are entirely different things.
- Margaret Mead

You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.
- Carl Jung

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

When any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed,
say: "There is another way of looking at this."
- A Course In Miracles

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

The great pleasure in life is doing
what people say you cannot do.
- Walter Bagehot

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
- Elbert Hubbard

Mind what people do, not only what they say,
for deeds will betray a lie.
- Terry Goodkind

Once you say you're going to settle for second,
that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

The big question is whether you are going to be able
to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
- Joseph Campbell

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is difficult to say what is impossible,
for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today
and the reality of tomorrow.
- Robert H. Goddard

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

What you do speaks so loudly
that I cannot hear what you say.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is unconditional love,
there is no room for unhappiness.
Whenever I look in the mirror today,
I will say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

Know the power of kindness.
Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go,
radiate your kindness to all.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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