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Leslie Fiedler Quotes and Sayings

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Anybody in the next centuries wanting to know what
it was like to be a poet in the middle of the 20th
century should read Kaddish.
- Leslie Fiedler

My assignment is what every writer's assignment is:
tell the truth of his own time.
- Leslie Fiedler

I long for the raised voice, the howl of rage or love.
- Leslie Fiedler

I've been writing about James Fenimore Cooper.
He was not a writer.
Here was a man who was 30 years old and had never put
anything more than his signature on paper.
- Leslie Fiedler

 

I like that people who are not experts can not only
understand but get engaged by my work.
I like that Joe Paterno can read me.
Bill Bradley.
- Leslie Fiedler

Faulkner sat in our living room and read from Light in August.
That was incredible.
- Leslie Fiedler

All good criticism should be judged the way art is.
You shouldn't read it the way you read history or science.
- Leslie Fiedler

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Henry Miller wrote novels, but he calls his protagonist Henry,
often Henry Miller, and his books are in this gray
area between memoir and novel.
- Leslie Fiedler

The novel is always pop art, and the novel is always dying.
That's the only way it stays alive.
It does really die.
I've been thinking about that a lot.
- Leslie Fiedler

One more recent novelist to come along is Cormac McCarthy.
Him, I like.
- Leslie Fiedler

I gave up writing blurbs because you make one friend and 200 enemies.
- Leslie Fiedler

It's funny to be a critic.
- Leslie Fiedler

Jane Austen is at the end of the line that begins with Samuel Richardson,
which takes wonder and magic out of the novel,
treats not the past but the present.
- Leslie Fiedler

I think the pattern of my essays is,
A funny thing happened to me on my way through Finnegans Wake.
- Leslie Fiedler

There are things in American culture that want to wipe the class distinction.
Blue jeans.
Ready-made clothes.
Coca-Cola.
- Leslie Fiedler

Gertrude Stein really thought of Hemingway as frail.
He almost married Stein.
- Leslie Fiedler

I never met anybody in my life who says,
I want to be a critic.
People want to be a fireman, poet, novelist.
- Leslie Fiedler

The reason Saul Bellow doesn't talk to me anymore is
because he knows his new novels are not worth reading.
- Leslie Fiedler

I admire Ginsberg as a poet, despite the fact that
he seems not to know when he is being good and when he is bad.
But he will last, or at least those poems will last.
- Leslie Fiedler

I liked Camille Paglia.
I liked her even better when I heard her talk.
- Leslie Fiedler

When all of us are forgotten, people will still be
remembering Stephen King.
- Leslie Fiedler

Writers always know whether you like them or not.
- Leslie Fiedler

Faulkner turned out to be a great teacher.
When a student asked a question ineptly,
he answered the question with what the student had really wanted to know.
- Leslie Fiedler

I used to be fond of Indian arm wrestling.
- Leslie Fiedler

The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity.
That's what makes it different from both high art and folk art.
- Leslie Fiedler

If there's one thing I can't stand, it's somebody doing
something because I pushed them in that direction.
- Leslie Fiedler

Kafka is still unrecognized.
He thought he was a comic writer.
- Leslie Fiedler

What I really dream of is that somebody would blow
everything I've done out of the water in a beautiful way,
which would clear the way for something better to come along.
- Leslie Fiedler

I have, I admit, a low tolerance for detached chronicling and cool analysis.
- Leslie Fiedler

Hemingway seems to be in a funny position.
People nowadays can't identify with him closely as
a member of their own generation,
and he isn't yet historical.
- Leslie Fiedler

DeLillo never seems committed to me to what he is writing.
Very nice surfaces, but he's got nothing underneath.
- Leslie Fiedler

Foucault was the one person I met in France that I could talk to.
He was a mensch.
You know whether you agree with him or not because
you know what he is saying.
- Leslie Fiedler

When somebody asks me what I do, I don't think I'd say critic.
I say writer.
- Leslie Fiedler

Saul Bellow never took my advice when he was my friend.
- Leslie Fiedler

Raymond Carver is good.
I think he'll be appreciated more and more.
He's an easy writer to imitate.
- Leslie Fiedler

It's so wrong when I pick up a new edition of Huckleberry
Finn and I look at the last page and it doesn't say,
Yours truly, at the end.
- Leslie Fiedler

The novel doesn't come into existence until certain
methods of reproducing fiction come along.
- Leslie Fiedler

Of the female black authors, I really like Morrison's early books a lot.
But she's really become so much a clone of Faulkner.
He did it better.
- Leslie Fiedler

The middlebrow, I hate.
- Leslie Fiedler

I love it now that a large minority of people who are
handicapped prefer to call themselves crippled.
This is all part of the game, like queer theory.
- Leslie Fiedler

Cooper wrote a novel which is absolutely indistinguishable from Austen,
completely from a female point of view,
completely English, no sense that he was an American.
- Leslie Fiedler

The black situation has changed.
They finally realized they're Americans.
- Leslie Fiedler

I think Henry Miller has had huge influence not because he wrote about sex,
but because the memoir or the nonfiction novel has
become such a monumental force in American publishing,
if not in literature.
- Leslie Fiedler

When I was 12 years old, someone took me to see Martha Graham.
It was nothing like what I thought of as serious dancing
and even then I knew I was having a great experience.
It was as if somebody was moving through space like no one ever did before.
- Leslie Fiedler

I've had a tough time with Pynchon.
I liked him very much when I first read him.
I liked him less with each book.
He got denser and more complex in a way that didn't really pay off.
- Leslie Fiedler

Critics? How do they happen? I know how it happened to me.
I would send a poem or story to a magazine and they
would say this doesn't suit our needs precisely but
on the other hand you sound interesting.
Would you be interested in doing a review?
- Leslie Fiedler

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserves your love and affection.
- The Buddha

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

You don't need anybody to tell you
who you are or what you are.
You are what you are!
- John Lennon

There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything.
And that is by making the other person want to do it.
- Dale Carnegie

Stand with anybody that stands right,
stand with him while he is right
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side
which he never shows to anybody.
- Mark Twain

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone
who is more deserving of your
love and affection than you are yourself,
and that person is not to be found anywhere.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe
deserve your love and affection.
- The Buddha

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed,
but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody that stands right,
and stand with him while he is right,
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend,
but it requires a very fine nature
to sympathize with a friend's success.
- Oscar Wilde

I want to share with you the three rules
that I have in order to accept an apprentice.
Rule Number 1: Don't believe me.
I don't want you to believe me
but I want you to listen and make choices - your choices.
If what I say, doesn't work for you, leave it.
But if it works for you and that's what you want, then make it yours.
Rule Number 2: Don't believe yourself.
Why? Because most of your belief system is a lie - it's not true.
And by believing yourself, you create all the limitations
that don't allow you to be what you really are.
Don't believe yourself. Listen to what you say,
listen to what you think, listen to what you believe.
And when you listen, open your ears, open your mind,
open your intelligence and make choices.
Rule 3 is, don't believe anybody else.
Don't believe them at all.
Open your ears and your mind; listen and make choices.
- don Miguel Ruiz

I don't care what anybody says about me
as long as it isn't true.
- Truman Capote

I didn't want to marry anybody else in town.
I want my baby to look like you.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
- Mother Teresa

An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
- Will Rogers

The proper office of a friend is to side with you
when you are in the wrong.
Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.
- Mark Twain

Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club,
don't you?
- Ben Hogan

Anybody who thinks money will make you happy,
hasn't got money.
- David Geffen

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

You can't trust anybody with power.
- Newt Gingrich

Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific
work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to
the gates of the temple of science are written the words:
'Ye must have faith.'
- Max Planck

I auditioned on my own.
I tried to make a mark for myself without anybody's help,
not even Mom's.
- Kate Hudson

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
- Edgar Bergen

I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be
left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.
- Frank Moore Colby


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