Louise Bogan
Quotations


The art of one period cannot be approached through the attitudes (emotional or intellectual) of another.

Because language is the carrier of ideas, it is easy to believe that it should be very little else than such a carrier.

But childhood prolonged, cannot remain a fairyland. It becomes a hell.

But is there any reason to believe that a woman's spiritual fibre is less sturdy than a man's? Is it not possible for a woman to come to terms with herself if not with the world; to withdraw more and more, as time goes on, her own personality from her productions; to stop childish fears of death and eschew charming rebellions against facts?

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!

I don't like quintessential certitude.

It is almost impossible for the poetess, once laurelled, to take off the crown for good or to reject values and taste of those who tender it.

Once form has been smashed, it has been smashed for good, and once a forbidden subject has been released it has been released for good.

The intellectual is a middle-class product; if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it, in order to exist. He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie.

True revolutions in art restore more than they destroy.

What we suffer, what we endure, what we muff, what we kill, what we miss, what we are guilty of, is done by us, as individuals, in private.



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