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Harold Bloom
But in the end, in the end one is alone. We are all of us alone. I mean I'm told these days we have to consider ourselves as being in society... but in the end one knows one is alone, that one lives at the heart of a solitude.
Harold Bloom
I would say that there is no future for literary studies as such in the United States.
Harold Bloom
We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar: that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough that we need to know ourselves better that we require knowledge, not just of self and others, but of the way things are.
Harold Bloom
What we call a poem is mostly what is not there on the page. The strength of any poem is the poems that it has managed to exclude.
Harold Bloom
Criticism in the universities, I'll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It's Stalinism without Stalin.
Harold Bloom
The second, and I think this is the much more overt and I think it is the main cause, I have been increasingly demonstrating or trying to demonstrate that every possible stance a critic, a scholar, a teacher can take towards a poem is itself inevitably and necessarily poetic.
Harold Bloom
(Wallace) Stevens turns to the idea of the weather precisely as the religious man turns to the idea of God.
Harold Bloom
Everyone wants a prodigy to fail; it makes our mediocrity more bearable.
Harold Bloom
(Wallace) Stevens turns to the idea of the weather precisely as the religious idea turns to the idea of God.
Harold Bloom
There's very little authentic study of the humanities remaining. My research assistant came to me two years ago saying she'd been in a seminar in which the teacher spent two hours saying that Walt Whitman was a racist. This isn't even good nonsense. It's insufferable.
Harold Bloom
Samuel Johnson said Alexander Pope's translation of the Iliad, tuned the English tongue.
Harold Bloom
One reads for oneself and for strangers.
Harold Bloom
You can read merely to pass the time, or you can read with an overt urgency, but eventually you will read against the clock.
Harold Bloom
Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.
Harold Bloom
We read frequently if unknowingly, in quest of a mind more original than our own.
Harold Bloom
Originality must compound with inheritance.
Harold Bloom
The aesthetic and the agonistic are one, according to the ancient Greeks.
Harold Bloom
Emily Dickinson sublimely unnames even the blanks.
Harold Bloom
The inventor knows HOW to borrow.
Harold Bloom
Persuasion is a strong but subdued outrider.
Harold Bloom
King die hard, in Shakespeare and in life.
Harold Bloom
How to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do.
Harold Bloom
The creator of Sir John Falstaff, of Hamlet, and of Rosalind also makes me wish I could be more myself. But that, as I argue throughout this book, is why we should read, and why we should read only the best of what has been written.
Harold Bloom
Shakespeare's exquisite imagining belies our total inability to live in the present moment.
Harold Bloom
To read in the service of any ideology is not to read at all. The mind's dialogue with itself is not primarily a social reality. All that the Western canon can bring one is the proper use of one's own solitude.
Harold Bloom
Reviewing bad books is bad for the character
Harold Bloom
Great literature will insist upon its self-sufficiency in the face of the worthiest causes
Harold Bloom
One mark of originality that can win canonical status for a literary work is strangeness that we either never altogether assimilate, or that becomes such a given that we are blinded to its idiosyncrasies.