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Tom Wolfe Quotes and Sayings

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Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
- Tom Wolfe

Related topics: Art

Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it,
I can't see a painting.
- Tom Wolfe

On Wall Street he and a few others -
how many? three hundred,
four hundred, five hundred? had become precisely that...
Masters of the Universe.
- Tom Wolfe

The attitude is we live and let live.
This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather
short time and it's an example of freedom from religion.
- Tom Wolfe

 

We are now in the Me Decade - seeing the upward roll
of the third great religious wave in American history.
- Tom Wolfe

There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than
that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.
- Tom Wolfe

At the outset, at least, all three groups had something else to recommend them,
as well: They were headquartered 3,000 miles away from
the East Side of Manhattan.
- Tom Wolfe

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Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -
that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.
- Tom Wolfe

This is the artist, then, life's hungry man,
the glutton of eternity, beauty's miser,
glory's slave.
- Tom Wolfe

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book
and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
- Tom Wolfe

A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.
- Tom Wolfe

Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.
- Tom Wolfe

The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.
- Tom Wolfe

A cult is a religion with no political power.
- Tom Wolfe

America - It is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country;
it is the only place where miracles not only happen,
but where they happen all the time.
- Tom Wolfe

Radical Chic, after all, is only radical in Style;
in its heart it is part of Society and its traditions.
- Tom Wolfe

Death the last voyage, the longest, and the best.
- Tom Wolfe

The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything
in modern art is merely romantic fiction.
The game is completed and the trophies distributed
long before the public knows what has happened.
- Tom Wolfe

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness,
far from being a rare and curious phenomenon,
peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men,
is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.
- Tom Wolfe

We are always acting on what has just finished happening.
It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago.
We think we're in the present, but we aren't.
The present we know is only a movie of the past.
- Tom Wolfe

It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are,
in fact, mad.
That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put
psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.
- Tom Wolfe

There has been a time on earth when poets had been
young and dead and famous -
and were men.
But now the poet as the tragic child of grandeur and destiny had changed.
The child of genius was a woman, now,
and the man was gone.
- Tom Wolfe

In Sleep we lie all naked and alone,
in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness,
and we are strange and beautiful asleep;
for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.
- Tom Wolfe

If a man has talent and can't use it,
he's failed.
If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed.
If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded,
and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know.
- Tom Wolfe

Not even the most powerful organs of the press,
including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times,
can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick.
They can only bring you the scores.
- Tom Wolfe

There are some people who have the quality of richness
and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch.
It is first of all a physical quality;
then it is a quality of the spirit.
- Tom Wolfe

Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The highest possible stage in moral culture
is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth,
and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
- Thomas Jefferson

Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture.
- Juan Antonio Samaranch

I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
- Billy Joel

I plant a lot of trees.
I am a great believer in planting things for future generations.
I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.
- Penelope Keith

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

If you want to change the culture, you will have to
start by changing the organization.
- Mary Douglas

So we have to be careful because if you don't protect
your culture you won't have it for very long.
- Yahoo Serious

I think it was when I was nineteen, by that time the
Jewish laws were already in force and the split was
beginning to come about which isolated the Jewish culture.
- Gyorgy Legeti

The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass
house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.
- Robert McAfee Brown

Nevada has a world-class economy.
It will only build a world-class culture with world-class
research universities coupled with the Desert Research Institute.
- James E. Rogers

Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

Don't tire yourself more than need be,
even at the price of founding a culture on the fatigue of your bones.
- Antonin Artaud

The purpose of education is to keep a culture from
being drowned in senseless repetitions,
each of which claims to offer a new insight.
- Harold Rosenberg

If education, culture, the higher life were shining
things to be worshiped from afar,
he had still a means left whereby he could draw one step nearer to them.
- Mary Antin

I'm proud of my Irish heritage and culture and this
show will feature a lot of Irish dancing.
- Michael Flatley

Postman is a media analyst and his theory is that television
doesn't influence our culture,
but that it is our culture and the presidency and anything
that relies on television.
- Val Kilmer

The theory of cultural bias...
is the idea that a culture is based on a particular form of organization.
It can't be transplanted except to another variant of that organization.
- Mary Douglas

The literary culture, if you examine it,
the high literary culture is that which preserves the
government and you know it's really the talk for those who have.
- Kathy Acker

Women are the victims of this patriarchal culture,
but they are also its carriers.
Let us keep in mind that every oppressive man was raised
in the confines of his mother's home.
- Shirin Ebadi

I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to
other cultures or that the Jewish song is better than the song of my neighbor.
- Theodore Bikel

Just as there's garbage that pollutes the Potomac river,
there is garbage polluting our culture.
We need an Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up.
- Patrick Buchanan

The more decadent a culture gets, the more they have
a need for what they don't have at all,
which is innocence, so you end up with kiddie porn
and a perverse obsession with youth.
- Joni Mitchell

Well, I don't think anyone now would say that they're
painting the state of the culture of America.
I think that's too grand and pompous a thing for anybody to claim.
- Donald Judd

It's ironic that in our culture everyone's biggest
complaint is about not having enough time;
yet nothing terrifies us more than the thought of eternity.
- Dennis Miller

Diligent as one must be in learning,
one must be as diligent in forgetting;
otherwise the process is one of pedantry,
not culture.
- Albert J. Nock

California is full of Mexican culture and Mexican music.
- Harry Dean Stanton

Culture is properly described as the love of perfection;
it is a study of perfection.
- Matthew Arnold

I had been an eyewitness to a truly historic moment in American pop culture.
- Jean Shepherd

Great companies have high cultures of accountability,
it comes with this culture of criticism I was talking about before,
and I think our culture is strong on that.
- Steve Ballmer

You know, when it was done originally,
they always had to fight to keep it going at the end of each season.
Now, The Odd Couple has become part of our language and culture.
- Brett Somers

Culture means control over nature.
- Johan Huizinga

Most of the monsters...
are based on some sort of mythology.
Every culture and even some geographical areas have
monsters and mythology that is their own.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

I'm more of a culture hummingbird.
- Jai Rodriguez

I didn't choose Russia but Russia chose me.
I had been fascinated from an early age by the culture,
the language, the literature and the history to the place.
- Helen Dunmore

So American culture is itself a hybrid and lends itself
to use in other people's hybrids.
- Todd Gitlin

As our language wanes and dies, the golden legends
of the far-off centuries fade and pass away.
No one sees their influence upon culture;
no one sees their educational power.
- Douglas Hyde

I'm trying to trick people into thinking about the
unthinkable by using pop culture images.
- John Shirley

I've been to Africa three times.
All right? You can't bring Western reasoning into the culture.
The same way you can't bring it into fundamental Islam.
- Bill O'Reilly

What 'multiculturalism' boils down to is that you can
praise any culture in the world except Western culture -
and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.
- Thomas Sowell


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