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Entries from April 2020

April 30th, 2020 · No Comments

“It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love. It is when we are wounded by our own hands, or by the hands of others, that love should come to cure us—else what use is love at all? All sins, except a sin against itself, Love should forgive. All lives, save […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 29th, 2020 · No Comments

“Life cannot be understood without much charity, cannot be lived without much charity. It is love, and not German philosophy, that is the true explanation of this world, whatever may be the explanation of the next.” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 28th, 2020 · No Comments

“It is always worth while asking a question, though it is not always worth while answering one.” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 27th, 2020 · No Comments

“When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.” – Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 26th, 2020 · No Comments

“I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to. To stake all one’s life on a single moment, to risk everything on one throw, whether the stake be power or pleasure, I care not—there is no weakness in that. There is a horrible, a terrible courage.” […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 25th, 2020 · No Comments

“We have lost the symbolic value of the family meal; our festal days no longer remind us of human continuity or a vie antérieure common to all, but are monstrously corrupted and humiliated by a consumer society. The institutions we have devised to make daily life more harmonious continue to impose themselves as obstacles between […]

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Tags: Denis Donoghue · Economics · Lit & Crit

April 24th, 2020 · No Comments

“It is not the purpose of imagination to act as cheerleader for the spirit of the age but to find or make a place in aesthetic forms for values which the spirit of the age cannot even recognise. Increasingly, fundamental values must be apprehended as living beneath or beyond the structure of needs and drives […]

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Tags: Denis Donoghue · Lit & Crit

April 23rd, 2020 · No Comments

“Writers accept the limitation of words at least in theory, though they struggle to circumvent it in practice; they know that words serve two masters, the purity of the work of art and the impurity of common use. Words used with pure intention drag impure allegiance into the sanctuary of art; there is no help […]

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Tags: Denis Donoghue · Lit & Crit

April 22nd, 2020 · No Comments

“The essential power of imagination, the quality of spirit, is the power of making fictions and making sense of life by that means. Fiction is the most available form of freedom, freedom of feeling and action.” – Denis Donoghue, The Sovereign Ghost Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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April 21st, 2020 · No Comments

“There should be a day in every year when consciousness allows itself to be suspended by fact in a Mardi Gras of mere reality.” – Denis Donoghue, The Sovereign Ghost Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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April 20th, 2020 · No Comments

“The sick do not ask if the hand that smooths their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 19th, 2020 · No Comments

“Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 18th, 2020 · No Comments

“If you want to know what a woman really means—which, by the way, is always a dangerous thing to do—look at her, don’t listen to her.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 17th, 2020 · No Comments

“There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in life’s lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 16th, 2020 · No Comments

“Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde · Politics & Law

April 15th, 2020 · No Comments

“When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 14th, 2020 · No Comments

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 13th, 2020 · No Comments

“The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life’s tragedy.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 12th, 2020 · No Comments

“Nothing is serious except passion. The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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April 11th, 2020 · No Comments

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 10th, 2020 · No Comments

“The richest freedom is that which finds its limits within itself, a sense of decorum not imposed but acknowledged.” – Denis Donoghue, The Sovereign Ghost Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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April 9th, 2020 · No Comments

“The true business of literature, as of all intellect, critical or creative, is to remind the powers that be, simple and corrupt as they are, of the turbulence they have to control.” – R. P. Blackmur, The Lion and the Honeycomb Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

April 8th, 2020 · No Comments

“The politics of existing states is always too simple for literature; it is good only to aggravate literature.” – R. P. Blackmur, The Lion and the Honeycomb (emphasis in original) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Denis Donoghue · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

April 7th, 2020 · No Comments

“The ideal prince is a man of learning, eloquence, and wisdom, dedicated to civil order and justice.” – Denis Donoghue, The Ordinary Universe Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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April 6th, 2020 · No Comments

“Some men and women, indeed, there are who can live on smiles and the word ‘yes’ forever. But for others (indeed for most) this is too tepid and relaxed a moral climate. Passive happiness is slack and insipid, and soon grows mawkish and intolerable. Some austerity and wintry negativity, some roughness, danger, stringency, and effort, […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · William James

April 5th, 2020 · No Comments

“There is the same world for all of us, and good and evil, sin and innocence, go through it hand in hand. To shut one’s eyes to half of life that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself that one might walk with more safety in a land of pit and precipice.” […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 4th, 2020 · No Comments

“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” – Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 3rd, 2020 · No Comments

“Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.” – Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Oscar Wilde

April 2nd, 2020 · No Comments

“There are books to which one listens in silence, and other books with which one argues all the time.” – Denis Donoghue, The Ordinary Universe Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Denis Donoghue · Lit & Crit

April 1st, 2020 · No Comments

“Consciousness when it doesn’t clearly understand what to live for, what to die for, can only abuse and ridicule itself.” – Saul Bellow, Herzog Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Saul Bellow