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Stephen Greenblatt Quotes and Sayings

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But I never listen to music while I'm writing.
- Stephen Greenblatt

Now a Protestant confronting a Catholic ghost is exactly
Shakespeare's way of grappling with what was not simply
a general social problem but one lived out in his own life.
- Stephen Greenblatt

What I wanted to do was to get that sense of being
in touch with this lost world while holding onto what
draws readers and audiences there in the first place.
- Stephen Greenblatt

No special writing rituals.
And my desk is usually cluttered.
- Stephen Greenblatt

 

The Shakespeare that Shakespeare became is the name
that's attached to these astonishing objects that he left behind.
- Stephen Greenblatt

What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the
most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the
English language to a young man.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I believe that nothing comes of nothing,
even in Shakespeare.
I wanted to know where he got the matter he was working
with and what he did with that matter.
- Stephen Greenblatt

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I wanted to hold onto and exploit the power of narrative.
This is not only a book about a great storyteller,
but there have to be stories about the storyteller.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I think the writing of literature should give pleasure.
What else should it be about? It is not nuclear physics.
It actually has to give pleasure or it is worth nothing.
- Stephen Greenblatt

First of all, Shakespeare is about pleasure and interest.
He was from the first moment he actually wrote something for the stage,
and he remains so.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I believe in broken, fractured, complicated narratives,
but I believe in narratives as a vehicle for truth,
not simply as a form of entertainment,
though I love entertainment, but also a way of conveying
what needs to be conveyed about the works that I care about.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I'm not spitting in my own soup, I love having spent
my life thinking about these things-but you don't have
to know anything about his life,
even though I've just written a biography!
- Stephen Greenblatt

I believe that it is a whole lifetime of work on Shakespeare's
part that enabled him to do what he did.
But the question is how you can explain this whole
lifetime in such a way to make it accessible and available to us,
to me.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I've been at this for 40 years.
And, as an academic, I've been content with relatively small audiences,
with the thought that the audience I long for will
find its way eventually to what I have written,
provided that what I have written is good enough.
- Stephen Greenblatt

Well it is certainly the case that the poems -
which were in fact published during Shakespeare's lifetime -
are weird if they began or originated in this form,
as I think they did, because the poems get out of control.
- Stephen Greenblatt

What matters here are the works - finally without them
his life would be uninteresting.
What matters, that is, are the astonishing things that he left behind.
If we can get the life in relation to the works,
then it can take off.
- Stephen Greenblatt

First of all, there was a volcano of words,
an eruption of words that Shakespeare had never used
before that had never been used in the English language before.
It's astonishing.
It pours out of him.
- Stephen Greenblatt

But if Shakespeare himself is maybe about meaning and truth,
I don't know, then he is certainly about pleasure and interest,
we start with pleasure and interest,
but maybe eventually it gets to meaning and truth.
- Stephen Greenblatt

It is not that Shakespeare's art is in technicolor and fancy,
and that real life is black and white and tedious.
The life that Shakespeare was living was the only life he had,
and he had to use it to create what he was doing.
- Stephen Greenblatt

My father who in this case was an obsessive life-long storyteller,
and by a very peculiar trick of my father's.
My father would tell a very, very long story,
and the punch line would be in Yiddish.
- Stephen Greenblatt

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha PHOTO

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou PHOTO

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller PHOTO

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis PHOTO

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart PHOTO

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

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

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

It's never too late -
never too late to start over,
never too late to be happy.
- Jane Fonda

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we do the best that we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.
- Helen Keller

There comes a time when the mind
takes a higher plane of knowledge
but can never prove how it got there.
- Albert Einstein

Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin

The human voice can never reach the distance
that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune;
most of which never happened.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Gifts freely given are never obligations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never, never, never give up.
- Winston Churchill

Unless you try to do something
beyond what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never Let Anyone Get Your Goat,
Push Your Buttons,
Get You Riled Up,
or Annoy You.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Never mind what others do;
do better than yourself,
beat your own record from day to day,
and you are a success.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Never give up.
- Anonymous

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You can't live a perfect day without doing something
for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

Until you'll willing to look foolish,
you'll never have the possibility of being great.
- Cher

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues
have never been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela

Blessed is he who expects nothing,
for he shall never be disappointed.
- Alexander Pope

Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing
a human being to a purpose.
- Albert Schweitzer

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Thomas Jefferson
(also attributed to Benjamin Franklin and Lord Chesterfield)


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