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Van Wyck Brooks Quotes and Sayings

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The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses.
- Van Wyck Brooks

Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed
in gray than in peacock bright.
- Van Wyck Brooks

It is not that the French are not profound,
but they all express themselves so well that we are
led to take their geese for swans.
- Van Wyck Brooks

The American mind, unlike the English,
is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me...
by newspapers and the Bible.
- Van Wyck Brooks

 

If men were basically evil, who would bother to improve
the world instead of giving it up as a bad job at the outset?
- Van Wyck Brooks

People of small caliber are always carping.
They are bent on showing their own superiority,
their knowledge or prowess or good breeding.
- Van Wyck Brooks

The man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man.
- Van Wyck Brooks

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Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy,
and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it.
And, what is more, they find it everywhere.
- Van Wyck Brooks

Nothing is sadder than having worldly standards without worldly means.
- Van Wyck Brooks

There is no stopping the world's tendency to throw off imposed restraints,
the religious authority that is based on the ignorance of the many,
the political authority that is based on the knowledge of the few.
- Van Wyck Brooks

No one is fit to judge a book until he has rounded
Cape Horn in a sailing vessel,
until he has bumped into two or three icebergs,
until he has been lost in the sands of the desert,
until he has spent a few years in the House of the Dead.
- Van Wyck Brooks

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers,
but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
- Antony Jay

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority
has made the world better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement
and the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

Gratitude in advance is the most powerful
creative force in the universe.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

The mind of man is continuously unfolding
into a greater recognition of its real plan
in the creative order of the Universe.
- Ernest Holmes

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey

To live a creative life
we must lose our fear of being wrong.
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns,
do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior,
that they are so united to creative people.
- Andre Norton

Vision is the true creative rhythm.
- Robert Delaunay

Since new developments are
the products of a creative mind,
we must therefore stimulate and encourage
that type of mind in every way possible.
- George Washington Carver

My hand is the extension of the thinking process -
the creative process.
- Tadao Ando

To succeed, one must be creative and persistent.
- John H. Johnson

The monotony and solitude of a quiet life
stimulates the creative mind.
- Albert Einstein

The creative act lasts but a brief moment,
a lightning instant of give-and-take,
just long enough for you to level the camera and to
trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

The very essence of the creative is its novelty,
and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
- Carl Rogers

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,
not by the desire to beat others.
- Ayn Rand

Without this playing with fantasy,
no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of
the imagination is incalculable.
- Carl Jung

Reading, after a certain age,
diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

The creation of something new
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
- Carl Jung

We try to say it's creative and in a manner it is creative,
but it is a business, because today,
with the cost factor in crossing the boundaries that you do.
- Skitch Henderson

The reason I dislike talking about the creative process
is that I do have a creative process that is a winner and it's a sure thing.
- Garth Hudson

I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly.
It allows me to be creative.
- Bill Hicks

Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp
of the individual who possesses it.
- Madame de Stael

It is the function of creative man to perceive and
to connect the seemingly unconnected.
- William Plomer

The biggest danger of Hollywood becoming a purely corporate
town resides in the creative process.
- Peter Bart

I've never been good in the financial and business arenas.
I handle the creative side of things.
- Daryl Hannah

It's an infinite creative universe to explore so why
chase conservative options?
- Yahoo Serious

If we talk about literacy, we have to talk about how
to enhance our children's mastery over the tools needed to live intelligent,
creative, and involved lives.
- Danny Glover

I tested the waters on producing a record,
but I'm more of a creative guy...
I can't get into minute details.
- Dee Snider

I look at the film as an opportunity to see some bountifully
creative minds do something that I could not do -
tell the story with images.
I can't wait to see what they do.
- Laura Hillenbrand

I love being creative.
- Joanna Noelle Levesque

As with anything creative, change is inevitable.
- Enya

For those who seek to understand it,
death is a highly creative force.
The highest spiritual values of life can originate
from the thought and study of death.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The creative urge is the demon that will not accept anything second rate.
- Agnes de Mille

I love being creative in all forms.
- Loretta Swit

Since age seven, I've been composing and have never stopped composing,
yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been.
- Lukas Foss

I cling to the fantasy that I could have done something more creative.
Like actually writing a script, or writing a book.
But the awful truth is that I...
probably can't!
- Hugh Grant

A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future.
You must break out of your current comfort zone and
become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.
- Denis Waitley

Women are clear-headed, they are more creative and for this reason,
sometimes, also more fragile.
- Emma Bonino

I just loved being in the theatre with all those crazy,
creative people.
- Kristin Davis

Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant
stimulus for a creative mind.
- Hans Hofmann

Their argument, and I think it's a correct one,
is that they'll make more money from the trades and
the hardcovers if nobody messes with the creative team.
- Mark Millar

As an artist, I understand that, and I value the creative input of the artist.
- Charlton Heston

That first writing session, what Dan Hill calls a creative blind date,
is always a real challenge, and you bring that back
to your partner when you return to writing with them.
- Cynthia Weil

Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas
and inspirations from the past into the future and
adding their own creativity along the way.
- Joichi Ito

Our biggest goal is to continue to force ourselves
to always start our creative work on a white page and
not take advantage of past successes and challenging ourselves.
- Guy Laliberte

I'm lucky to not have a real job, to be able to express myself,
be creative and be relevant.
- Gwen Stefani

Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.
- Bertrand Russell

I've now returned to the business again because I finally
realised that I really enjoy the creative process.
- Gil Gerard

It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect
examines too closely the ideas as they pour in.
- Friedrich Schiller

Ah, the creative process is the same secret in science as it is in art.
They are all the same absolutely.
- Josef Albers

What can I tell you? I continue to be creative,
but have only been commercially successful outside of the U.S.
- Holly Johnson

Now that copyrights can be just about a century long,
the inability to know what is protected and what is
not protected becomes a huge and obvious burden on the creative process.
- Lawrence Lessig

It seems that the creative faculty and the critical
faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs
in the building up of all that is good,
and energy that showers blessings upon the world.
- Lawrence G. Lovasik


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