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Harold Bloom Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes one succeeds, sometimes one fails.
- 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

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

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

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

Shakespeare is universal.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Those who believe they can do something
and those who believe they can't
are both right.
- Henry Ford PHOTO

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt PHOTO

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Believe in yourself, and trust your own wisdom
rather than being swayed by the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing
was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
- Margaret Mead

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe,
it can achieve.
- Napoleon Hill

Believe in yourself.
- Anonymous

Shallow men believe in luck.
Strong men believe in cause and effect.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I am capable of grasping God objectively,
I do not believe, but precisely because
I cannot do this I must believe.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The probability that we may fail
in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
- Abraham Lincoln

If you believe that a task will be difficult, it will be -
and you will have suffered with worry beforehand.
Approach life with joy and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe you can and you're halfway there.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Simply put, you believe that things
or people make you unhappy,
but this is not accurate.
You make yourself unhappy.
- Wayne Dyer

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Take time to contemplate -
away from the opinions and influence of others -
what you really want
and what you believe to be important in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Have a Vision, a Dream.
Believe in that Vision.
Live that Vision with every fiber of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

You can, when you believe you can.
- Anonymous

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!
- John Lennon

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones;
to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
- Thomas Jefferson

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

Even the truth, when believed, is a lie.
You must experience the truth, not believe it.
- Werner Erhard

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Believe in yourself. Dream big dreams.
Set important goals. Take action on those goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie.
I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave.
And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
- H.L. Mencken

I believe that anyone can conquer fear
by doing the things he fears to do,
provided he keeps doing them until he gets
a record of successful experience behind him.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't believe me,
don't believe yourself,
and don't believe anyone else.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Believe you can - and then make it happen.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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