Edmund Wilson Quotations

Edmund Wilson

All Hollywood corrupts; and absolute Hollywood corrupts absolutely.

I am not quite a poet but I am something of the kind.

If I could only remember that the days were, not bricks to be laid row on row, to be built into a solid house, where one might dwell in safety and peace, but only food for the fires of the heart.

Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals.

No two persons ever read the same book.

One man's wage increase is another man's price increase.

The cruelest thing that has happened to Lincoln since he was shot by Booth was to fall into the hands of Carl Sandburg.

The denationalized, discouraged, disaffected, disabled Kafka, though for the moment he may frighten or amuse us, can in the end only let us down. He is quite true to his time and place, but it is surely a time and place in which few of us will want to linger.

The implied position of the people who know about literature (as is also the case in every other art) is simply that they know what they know, and that they are determined to impose their opinions by main force of eloquence or assertion on the people who do not know.

There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income.