Harold Bloom Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Harold Bloom Quotes and Sayings

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    All that a critic, as critic, can give poets is the deadly encouragement that never ceases to remind them of how heavy their inheritance is. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Criticism starts - it has to start - with a real passion for reading. It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties, but you must fall in love with poems. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress, even as regards the literary scene. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet, but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    I take it that a successful therapy is an oxymoron. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    I think Freud is about contamination, but I think that is something he learned from Shakespeare, because Shakespeare is about nothing but contamination, you might say. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    I would say that there is no future for literary studies as such in the United States. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    If I were to sum up the negative reactions to my work, I think there are two primary causes: one is that if there is discourse about anxiety it is necessarily going to induce anxiety. It will represent a return of the repressed for a great many people. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    If they wish to alleviate the sufferings of the exploited classes, let them live up to their pretensions, let them abandon the academy and go out there and work politically and economically and in a humanitarian spirit. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    In fact, it is Shakespeare who gives us the map of the mind. It is Shakespeare who invents Freudian Psychology. Freud finds ways of translating it into supposedly analytical vocabulary. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    In the finest critics one hears the full cry of the human. They tell one why it matters to read. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    Indeed the three prophecies about the death of individual art are, in their different ways, those of Hegel, Marx, and Freud. I don't see any way of getting beyond those prophecies. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    No poem, not even Shakespeare or Milton or Chaucer, is ever strong enough to totally exclude every crucial precursor text or poem. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    Shakespeare is the true multicultural author. He exists in all languages. He is put on the stage everywhere. Everyone feels that they are represented by him on the stage. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    Shakespeare is universal. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    Shakespeare will not make us better, and he will not make us worse, but he may teach us how to overhear ourselves when we talk to ourselves... he may teach us how to accept change in ourselves as in others, and perhaps even the final form of change. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    Sometimes one succeeds, sometimes one fails. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    The world does not get to be a better or a worse place; it just gets more senescent. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    The world gets older, without getting either better or worse and so does literature. But I do think that the drab current phenomenon that passes for literary studies in the university will finally provide its own corrective. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    What I think I have in common with the school of deconstruction is the mode of negative thinking or negative awareness, in the technical, philosophical sense of the negative, but which comes to me through negative theology. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    What is supposed to be the very essence of Judaism - which is the notion that it is by study that you make yourself a holy people - is nowhere present in Hebrew tradition before the end of the first or the beginning of the second century of the Common Era. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    What matters in literature in the end is surely the idiosyncratic, the individual, the flavor or the color of a particular human suffering. Harold Bloom | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF






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