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Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Every person according to his light," said Ames "You must help the world express itself. Use will make your powers endure ... — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

If you have that unconquerable urge to write, nothing will stop you from writing. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Jack Iams

Harriet, to hide her excitement, had turned to the bookshelves in the corner between the windows and the fireplace. The books, untidily arranged, some standing, some piled on their sides, with newspapers and magazines wedged among them, confused her. There were no sets and a great many were paper-backed. She saw friends - Mr. Dickens was present - and nodding acquaintances - Laurence Sterne, for instance, and Theodore Dreiser - but they were among strangers: Henry Miller, Norman Douglas, Saki, Ronald Firbank, strangers all. — Jack Iams

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

A real flame of love is a subtle thing. It burns as a will-o'-the-wisp, dancing onward to fairy lands of delight. It roars as a furnace. Too often jealousy is the quality upon which it feeds. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

President's brilliant theory of vending his wares direct to the people - was perhaps the only one who had suspicions. He had once written a brilliant criticism to some inquirer, in which he had said that no enterprise of such magnitude as the Northern Pacific had ever before been entirely dependent upon one house, or rather upon one man, and that he did not like it. I am not sure that the lands through which the road runs are so unparalleled in climate, soil, timber, minerals, etc., as Mr. Cooke and his friends would have us believe. Neither do I think that the road — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

People in general attach too much importance to words. They are under the illusion that talking effects great results. As a matter of fact, words are, as a rule, the shallowest portion of all the argument. They but dimly represent the great surging feelings and desires which lie behind. When the distraction of the tongue is removed, the heart listens. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Joan Didion

Yes, but another writer I read in high school who just knocked me out was Theodore Dreiser. I read An American Tragedy all in one weekend and couldn't put it down - I locked myself in my room. Now that was antithetical to every other book I was reading at the time because Dreiser really had no style, but it was powerful. — Joan Didion

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

In your rocking-chair, by your window dreaming, shall you long, alone. In your rocking- chair, by your window, shall you dream such happiness as you may never feel. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

If we are to extract any joy out of our span, we must think and plan and make things better not only for ourselves but for others, since joy for ourselves depends upon our joy in others and theirs in us. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Depend upon it; from every condition of distress or evil, there is a great reaction, and the greater the distress or evil, the greater the reaction. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Vladimir Nabokov

Ever since the days when such formidable mediocrities as Galsworthy, Dreiser, Tagore, Maxim Gorky, Romain Rolland and Thomas Mann were being accepted as geniuses, I have been perplexed and amused by fabricated notions about so-called "great books." That, for instance, Mann's asinine "Death in Venice," or Pasternak's melodramatic, vilely written "Dr. Zhivago," or Faulkner's corn-cobby chronicles can be considered "masterpieces" or at least what journalists term "great books," is to me the sort of absurd delusion as when a hypnotized person makes love to a chair. My greatest masterpieces of twentieth century prose are, in this order: Joyce's "Ulysses"; Kafka's "Transformation"; Bely's "St. Petersburg," and the first half of Proust's fairy tale, "In Search of Lost Time. — Vladimir Nabokov

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Let no one underestimate the need of pity. We live in a stony universe whose hard, brilliant forces rage fiercely. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

We are to have no pictures which the puritan and the narrow, animated by an obsolete dogma, cannot approve of. We are to have no theaters no motion pictures, no books, no public exhibitions of any kind, no speech even which will anyway contravene his limited view of life. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

It isn't myself that's important in this transaction apparently; the individual doesn't count much in the situation ... all of us are more or less pawns. We're moved about like chessmen by circumstances over which we have no control. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Life is a God-damned, stinking, treacherous game and nine hundred and ninety-nine men out of a thousand are bastards. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

The strong man wants to be allowed to DO; the little man wants to stop him. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

I acknowledge the Furies. I believe in them. I have heard the disastrous beating of their wings. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Dorothy Parker

For years I have been crouching in corners hissing small and ladylike anathema of Theodore Dreiser. — Dorothy Parker

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

A thought will color a world for us. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Nothing is proved, all is permitted. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Assure a man that he has a soul and then frighten him with old wives' tales as to what is to become of him afterward, and you have hooked a fish, a mental slave. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser Should ought to write nicer. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

What thought engendered the spirit of Circe, or gave to a Helen the lust of tragedy? What lit the walls of Troy? Or prepared the woes of an Andromache? By what demon counsel was the fate of Hamlet prepared? And why did the weird sisters plan ruin to the murderous Scot?
Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
In a mulch of darkness are bedded the roots of endless sorrows - and of endless joys. Canst thou fix thine eye on the morning? Be glad. And if in the ultimate it blind thee, be glad also! Thou hast lived. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Rebecca Makkai

I refused to have bookshelves, horrified that I'd feel compelled to organise the books in some regimented system - Dewey or alphabetical or worse - and so the books lived in stacks, some as tall as me, in the most subjective order I could invent.
Thus Nabokov lived between Gogol and Hemingway, cradled between the Old World and the New; Willa Cather and Theodore Dreiser and Thomas Hardy were stacked together not for their chronological proximity but because they all reminded me in some way of dryness (though in Dreiser's case I think I was focused mainly on his name): George Eliot and Jane Austen shared a stack with Thackeray because all I had of his was Vanity Fair, and I thought that Becky Sharp would do best in the presence of ladies (and deep down I worried that if I put her next to David Copperfield, she might seduce him). — Rebecca Makkai

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Why must women torment me so? — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Howard Zinn

Furthermore, some of the best people in the country were connected with the Communist movement in some way, heroes and heroines one could admire. There was Paul Robeson, the fabulous singer-actor-athlete whose magnificent voice could fill Madison Square Garden, crying out against racial injustice, against fascism. And literary figures (weren't Theodore Dreiser and W. E. B. DuBois Communists?), — Howard Zinn

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Only in rare instances and with rare individuals does there seem to be any guiding light from within. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Louis Menand

I don't think people believe that any more, I don't think people think that it really matters whether you appreciate Henry James more than Theodore Dreiser. — Louis Menand

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

The thing that impressed me then as now about New York ... was the sharp, and at the same time immense, contrast it showed between the dull and the shrewd, the strong and the weak, the rich and the poor, the wise and the ignorant ... the strong, or those who ultimately dominated, were so very strong, and the weak so very, very weak - and so very, very many. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

The most futile thing in this world is any attempt, perhaps, at exact definition of character. All individuals are a bundle of contradictions - none more so than the most capable. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

In the light of the world's attitude toward woman and her duties, the nature of Carrie's mental state deserves consideration. Actions such as hers are measured by an arbitrary scale. Society possesses a conventional standard whereby it judges all things. All men should be good, all women virtuous. Wherefore, villain, hast thou failed? — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Marilyn French

Our culture believes strong individuals can transcend their circumstances. I myself don't much enjoy books by Hardy or Dreiser or Wharton, where the outside world is so strong, so overwhelming, that the individual hasn't a chance. I get impatient, I keep feeling that somehow the deck is stacked unfairly. That is the point, of course, but my feeling is that if that's true, I don't want to play. I prefer to move to another table where I can retain my illusion, if illusion it be, that I'm working only against only probabilities, and have a chance to win. Then if you lose, you can blame it on your own poor playing. That is called a tragic flaw, and like guilt, it's very comforting. You can go on believing that there really is a right way, and you just didn't find it. — Marilyn French

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Nature, machine-like, works definitely and heartlessly, if in the main beautifully. Hence, if we, as individuals, do not make this dream of a god or what he stands for us real in our thoughts and deeds, then he is not real or true. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

To the untraveled, territory other than their own familiar heath is invariably fascinating. Next to love it is the one thing that solaces and delights. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

It is a sad thing to want for happiness, but it is a terrible thing to see another groping about blindly for it, when it is almost within the grasp. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

I have seen youths bright eyed and fair groping after bubbles in rapture, and conceiving them diamonds and the glitter of fine jewels, until their hand closed over a something that was not to be felt nor longer seen, mere colored air. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Morality and ethics are nothing but footballs, wherewith people, strong people play to win points. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Innate sensuousness rarely has any desire for accuracy, no desire for precise information. It basks in sunshine, bathes in color, dwells in a sense of the impressive and the gorgeous, and rests there. Accuracy is not necessary except in the case of aggressive, acquisitive natures, when it manifests itself in a desire to seize. True controlling sensuousness cannot be manifested in the most active dispositions, nor again in the most accurate. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

I believe in the compelling power of love. I do not understand it. I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

A half-equipped little knight she was, venturing to reconnoitre the mysterious city and dreaming wild dreams of some vague, far-off supremacy ... — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Art is the stored honey of the human soul. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Now. If any habits ever had time to fix upon her, they would have operated here. Habits are peculiar things. They will drive the really non-religious mind out of bed to say prayers that are only a custom and not a devotion. The victim of habit, when he has — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Marguerite Young

Dreiser ... I love ... and almost wouldn't speak to anyone who ever attacked him. — Marguerite Young

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

All forms of dogmatic religion should go. The world did without them in the past and can do so again. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Conservatism
hard work
saving one's money
looking neat and gentlemanly. It was such an Eveless paradise, that. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

It is thus that life at its topmost toss irks and pains. Beyond is ever the unattainable, the lure of the infinite with its infinite ache.
- Oh, life! oh, youth! of, hope! oh, years! Oh pain-winged fancy, beating forth with fears. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

I was in Chicago before I came here, but I didn't do so very much dancing. I had to work. He was thinking how such girls as she had everything, as contrasted with girls like Roberta, who had nothing. And yet, as he now felt in this instance, he liked Roberta better. She was sweeter and warmer and kinder - not so cold. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

The long drizzle had begun. Pedestrians had turned up collars and trousers at the bottom. Hands were hidden in the pockets of the umbrella-less - umbrellas were up. The street looked like a sea of round, black-cloth roofs, twisting, bobbing, moving. Trucks and vans were rattling in a noisy line, and everywhere men were shielding themselves as best they could. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Here were these two, bandying little phrases, drawing purses, looking at cards, and both unconscious of how inarticulate all their real feelings were. Neither was wise enough to be sure of the working of the mind of the other. He could not tell how his luring succeeded. She could not realized that she was drifting, until he secured her address. Now she felt that she had yielded something - he, that he had gained a victory. Already he took control in directing the conversation. His words were easy. Her manner was relaxed. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Shakespeare, I come ! — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

As they sang, this nondescript and indifferent street audience gazed, held by the peculiarity of such an unimportant-looking family publicly raising its collective voice against the vast skepticism and apathy of life. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

I will kneel and strike my breast, then touch the dust with my forehead; I will, I will. Only do not forsake me, oh god of beauty. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

She turned; she bruised under her heel the scaly head of this dark suspicion-as terrifying to her as his guilt was to him. 'O Absalom, my Absalom! Come, come, we will not entertain such a thought. God himself would not urge it upon a mother. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Carrie felt this as a personal reproof. She read "Dora Thorne," or had a great deal in the past. It seemed only fair to her, but she supposed that people thought it very fine. Now this clear- eyed, fine-headed youth, who looked something like a student to her, made fun of it. It was poor to him, not worth reading. She looked down, and for the first time felt the pain of not understanding. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Steven Moore

Finally, while I don't want to disparage the traditional novel--I still prefer Dickens's Great Expectations over Kathy Acker's Great Expectations, though I'll take Lauren Fairbanks's Sister Carrie over Dreiser's any day--there's a whole other world of novels out there most people never even hear of, much less read. Let's go see. — Steven Moore

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Love is the only thing you can really give in all this world. When you give love, you give everything. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

When Caroline Meeber boarded the afternoon train for Chicago, her total outfit consisted of a small trunk, a cheap imitation alligator-skin satchel, a small lunch in a paper box, and a yellow leather snap purse, containing her ticket, a scrap of paper with her sister's address in Van Buren Street, and four dollars in money. It was in August, 1889. She was eighteen years of age, bright, timid, and full of the illusions of ignorance and youth. Whatever touch of regret at parting characterised her thoughts, it was certainly not for advantages now being given up. A gush of tears at her mother's farewell kiss, a touch in her throat when the cars clacked by the flour mill where her father worked by the day, a pathetic sigh as the familiar green environs of the village passed in review, and the threads which bound her so lightly to girlhood and home were irretrievably broken. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Ben Hecht

Tell it, Fanny. About the crowds, streets, buildings, lights, about the whirligig of loneliness, about the humpty-dumpty clutter of longings. And then explain about the summer parks and the white snow and the moon window in the sky. Throw in a poignantly ironical dissertation on life, on its uncharted aimlessness, and speak like Sherwood Anderson about the desire that stir in the heart. Speak like Remy de Gourmont and Dostoevsky and Stevie Crane, like Schopenhauer and Dreiser and Isaiah; speak like all the great questioners whose tongues have wagged and whose hearts have burned with questions. He will listen bewilderedly and, perhaps, only perhaps, understand for a moment the dumb pathos of your eyes. — Ben Hecht

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

You walk into a room, see a woman, and something happens. It's chemical. What are you going to do about it? — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Raw, glittering force, however, compounded of the cruel Machiavellianism of nature, if it is to be but Machiavellian, seems to exercise a profound attraction for the conventionally rooted. Your cautious citizen of average means, looking out through the eye of his dull world of seeming fact, is often the first to forgive or condone the grim butcheries of theory by which the strong rise. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

How true it is that words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

The Irish are a philosophic as well as a practical race. Their first and strongest impulse is to make the best of a bad situation to put a better face on evil than it normally wears. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

If I were personally to define religion, I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstances. All forms of dogmatic religion should go. The world did without them in the past and can do so again. I cite the great civilizations of China and India. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

His brain was his office. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

In short, he was one of those early, daring manipulators who later were to seize upon other and even larger phases of American natural development for their own aggrandizement. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

The growth of a passion is a very peculiar thing. In highly
organized intellectual and artistic types it is so often apt to
begin with keen appreciation of certain qualities, modified by
many, many mental reservations. The egoist, the intellectual,
gives but little of himself and asks much. Nevertheless, the
lover of life, male or female, finding himself or herself in
sympathetic accord with such a nature, is apt to gain much. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Oh, the moon is fair tonight along the Wabash, From the fields there comes the breath of new-mown hay; Through the sycamores the candle lights are gleaming On the banks of the Wabash, far away. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

And then he sank back and tried, as usual, not to think. He must succeed. That's what the world was made for. That's what he was made for. That was what he would have to do. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Edward Abbey

The best American writers have come from the hinterlands
Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, Hemingway, Faulkner, Wolfe, Steinbeck. Most of them never even went to college. — Edward Abbey

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

How dismal is progress without publicity. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Remember, love is all a woman has to give, but it is the only thing which God permits us to carry beyond the grave. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser wanted to write the next great American novel, and his desperation pervades [ Sister Carrie ] like an unsavory pit stain. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

He paused, wishing to embrace her, but feeling for the moment that he should not. Then, reaching into a waistcoat pocket, he took from it a thin gold locket, the size of a silver dollar, which he opened and handed to her. One interior face of it was lined with a photograph of Berenice as a girl of twelve, thin, delicate, supercilious, self-contained, distant, as she was to this hour. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Dorothy Parker

What writes worse than a Theodore Dreiser? ... Two Theodore Dreisers. — Dorothy Parker

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Your writer, your scientist, your chief official, all have lost the power to revive the early illusion concerning fame and high place. Their beauty and delight is like the mirage in the heavens, only plain to the eye outside; within is nothing. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things. Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

We who feel that justice is not being done have but one thing to do: that is fight, by argument, by example, by insistence on fair play wherever we have the power to do so. The rest is in the hands of the Lord, or nature, which swings, apparently, from one extreme to another. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

In many cases where one is content to lead a secluded life it is not necessary to say much of one's past, but as a rule something must be said. People have the habit of inquiring - if they are no more than butchers and bakers. By degrees one must account for this and that fact, and it was so here. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

What matter it if a man gaineth the whole world and loseth his own soul? — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By H.L. Mencken

Every reader of the Dreiser novels must cherish astounding specimens
of awkward, platitudinous marginalia, of whole scenes spoiled by bad writing, of phrases as brackish as so many lumps of sodium hyposulphite. — H.L. Mencken

Dreiser Quotes By Edward Abbey

Vonnegut is one of America's basic artists, a true and worthy heir to the grand tradition of Thoreau, Whitman, Twain, Dreiser, Traven, Tom Wolfe (the real Tom Wolfe, I mean) and Steinbeck. In other words, he writes out of a concern for justice, love, honesty, and hope. — Edward Abbey

Dreiser Quotes By H.L. Mencken

It seems to me that you are better off, as a writer and as an American, in a small town than you'd be in New York. I thoroughly detest New York, though I have to go there very often ... Have you ever noticed that no American writer of any consequence lives in Manhattan? Dreiser tried it (after many years in the Bronx), but finally moved to California. — H.L. Mencken

Dreiser Quotes By Dreiser Theodore

For a while he sat idly outside his door brooding in the spring sun.

In "The Lost Phoebe". — Dreiser Theodore

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

She merely beamed a fatty beam. She was almost ponderous, and pink, with a tendency to a double chin. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

The mystery of life
its inexplicability, beauty, cruelty, tenderness, folly ... has occupied the greater part of my waking thoughts; and in reverence or rage or irony, as the moment or situation might dictate, I have pondered and even demanded of cosmic energy to know Why. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

Oh, blessed are the children of endeavor in this, that they try and are hopeful. And blessed also are they who, knowing, smile and approve. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By H.L. Mencken

Such is the art of writing as Dreiser understands it and practices it
an endless piling up of minutiae, an almost ferocious tracking down of ions, electrons and molecules, an unshakable determination to tell it all. One is amazed by the mole-like diligence of the man, and no less by his exasperating disregard for the ease of his readers. — H.L. Mencken

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

I was a moral coward, and he was not losing his life and desires through fear - which the majority of us do. — Theodore Dreiser

Dreiser Quotes By Theodore Dreiser

When a man, however passively, becomes an obstacle to the fulfillment of a woman's desires, he becomes an odious thing in her eyes, - or will, given time enough. — Theodore Dreiser