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Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "A poem, novel, or play acquires all of humanity's disorders, including the fear of mortality"

A poem, novel, or play acquires all of humanity's disorders, including the fear of mortality




Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Vision is defined as a program for restoring the human."

Vision is defined as a program for restoring the human.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Nietzsche tended to equate the memorable with the painful."

Nietzsche tended to equate the memorable with the painful.




Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "The aesthetic is an individual rather than a societal concern."

The aesthetic is an individual rather than a societal concern.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "When critics surrender to the prevailing orthodoxy, the author says they adopt the rhetoric of an occupied country, "one that expects no liberation from liberation."

When critics surrender to the prevailing orthodoxy, the author says they adopt the rhetoric of an occupied country, "one that expects no liberation from liberation.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "All canonical writing possesses the quality "of making you feel strangeness at home."

All canonical writing possesses the quality "of making you feel strangeness at home.




Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Walter Pater defined Romanticism as adding strangeness to beauty."

Walter Pater defined Romanticism as adding strangeness to beauty.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "It has always been dangerous to institutionalize hope, and we no longer live in a society in which we will be allowed to institutionalize memory."

It has always been dangerous to institutionalize hope, and we no longer live in a society in which we will be allowed to institutionalize memory.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Memory is always in art, even when it works involuntarily."

Memory is always in art, even when it works involuntarily.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Lawrence will go on burying his own undertakers."

Lawrence will go on burying his own undertakers.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "The old-fashioned sins of reading is the only sense that matters."

The old-fashioned sins of reading is the only sense that matters.




Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Almost anything at all can be transmuted into a labyrinth."

Almost anything at all can be transmuted into a labyrinth.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Capital is necessary to the cultivation of esthetic value."

Capital is necessary to the cultivation of esthetic value.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Tradition is not only bending down, or process of benign transmission. It is also a conflict between past genius and present aspiration in which the price is literary survival or canonical inclusion."

Tradition is not only bending down, or process of benign transmission. It is also a conflict between past genius and present aspiration in which the price is literary survival or canonical inclusion.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Canonical writing is born of an originality fused with tradition. – From the book jacket"

Canonical writing is born of an originality fused with tradition. – From the book jacket



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "The democratic age mourns the value of human beings."

The democratic age mourns the value of human beings.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Great literature will insist upon its self-sufficiency in the face of the worthiest causes"

Great literature will insist upon its self-sufficiency in the face of the worthiest causes





Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "The aesthetic and the agonistic are one, according to the ancient Greeks."

The aesthetic and the agonistic are one, according to the ancient Greeks.






Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Shakespeare's exquisite imagining belies our total inability to live in the present moment."

Shakespeare's exquisite imagining belies our total inability to live in the present moment.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Reviewing bad books is bad for the character – WH Auden"

Reviewing bad books is bad for the character – WH Auden



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Samuel Johnson said Alexander Pope's translation of the Iliad, "tuned the English tongue."

Samuel Johnson said Alexander Pope's translation of the Iliad, "tuned the English tongue.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Great writing is always rewriting or revisionism, and is founded on a reading that clears space for the self."

Great writing is always rewriting or revisionism, and is founded on a reading that clears space for the self.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "All writers are to some extent inventors, describing people as they would like to see them in life."

All writers are to some extent inventors, describing people as they would like to see them in life.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "We are destroying all esthetic standards in the name of social justice."

We are destroying all esthetic standards in the name of social justice.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Greatness recognizes greatness, and is shadowed by it."

Greatness recognizes greatness, and is shadowed by it.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Shakespeare and his few peers invented all of us."

Shakespeare and his few peers invented all of us.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Aesthetic criticism returns us to the autonomy of imaginative literature and the sovereignty of the solitary soul, the reader not as a person in society but as the deep self, our ultimate inwardness."

Aesthetic criticism returns us to the autonomy of imaginative literature and the sovereignty of the solitary soul, the reader not as a person in society but as the deep self, our ultimate inwardness.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Characters carrying the playwright's disapproval is a un-Shakespearian burden."

Characters carrying the playwright's disapproval is a un-Shakespearian burden.



Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books And School Of The Ages Quotes: "Dante subsumed everything, and so, in a sense, secularized nothing."

Dante subsumed everything, and so, in a sense, secularized nothing.