Storm Jameson

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In what touches their social convictions, most persons do not think. The threat of change, with all it suggests to them in the loss of social and economic privilege, alarms so deeply that they are incapable of unprejudiced thought. They seem to themselves to be thinking, with lucidity and fairness, but since they start from the conviction that change must undoubtedly be for the worse or from settled grief at the thought of losing what is old and lovely, they are doing no more than following a logical sequence of ideas from a false premise.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Grief
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Critics have been amusing themselves for a long time by auscultating fiction for signs of heart failure.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Heart
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All writers who can claim to be called 'living' must be political in a sense. They must have what the Quakers call a concern to understand what is happening in the world, and must engage themselves, in their writing, to promote no comfortable lies, of the sort which people will pay well to be told rather than the truth.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Lying
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Language is one of the thin walls humanity has built up over centuries against its own bestial and destructive impulses.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Wall
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The critic's hankering to be law-giver rather than servant of literature is irrepressible.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Law
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The least stupid question a man asks in his lifetime is not: Is there a God and is He a god or a devil? But: Brother, why are you killing me?
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Brother
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Any marriage worth the name is no better than a series of beginnings - many of them abortive.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Names
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A minor symptom of wars is the cancerous growth of committees.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: War
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invaders always destroy libraries.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Library
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... I used words without precautions. I wanted to disappear into them, I fled into the bovaryism of the writer trying to create an effect.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Trying
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I am persuaded that not a novel in ten thousand is of any use to a child to fit him for life. The most are of use only to unfit him -- to blunt his senses and infect him with the writers' poor silly sentiments. Nine out of ten novelists deserve to be prosecuted under an Adulterated Emotions Act.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Children
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a writer's first duty is to be clear. Clarity is an excellent virtue. Like all virtues it can be pursued at ruinous cost. Paid, so far as I am concerned, joyfully.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Cost
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An animal is not cruel; it lives wholly in the instant leap on its prey, in the present taste of marrow or blood. Cruelty begins with the memory, and the pleasures of the memory are impure; they draw their strength along levels where no sun has reached.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Memories
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Women will always put persons above ideas ... and so they'll always be defeated. Persons die, and ideas rule the world.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Ideas
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There is only one world the world pressing against you this minute.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Life
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Very rare, the intelligence of the heart. The intelligence of the whimsical brain is less rare, less attaching, sometimes tedious.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Heart
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Truth is the only good and the purest pity. ... Men lie for profit or for pity. All lies turn to poison, but a lie that is told for pity or shame breeds such a host of ills that no power on earth can compass their redemption.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Lying
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One of the uncovenanted benefits of living for a long time is that, having so many more dead than living friends, death can appear as a step backwards into the joyous past.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Past
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giving the utmost of herself to three absorbing interests [marriage, motherhood, career] ... was a problem for a superwoman, and a job for a superwoman, and only some such fabled being could have accomplished it with success.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Jobs
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All pornography is to a degree sadistic - inevitably.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Degrees
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Not literature alone, but society itself is wormed and rotten when language ceases to be respected not merely by advertisers and politicians, but by persons of learning and authority.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Rotten
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No one asks public men to be strictly moral, but they must seem to be well-behaved.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Men
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I do not think about absent persons as often or with such intense longing as I think of places. They lie one below the other in my mind.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Lying
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My mind is not suited to go much into company.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Mind
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The older I grow the more sharply I mistrust words. So few of them have any meaning left. It is impossible to write one sentence in which every word has the bareness and hardness of bones, the reality of the skeleton.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Writing
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In my firm, we dealt in lies. Advertising is that ... the skilful use of the truth to mislead, to spoil, to debase.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Lying
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... we do not remember people as they were. What we remember is the effect they had on us then, but we remember it through an emotion charged with all that has since happened to us.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: People
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Writers sometimes talk as though they were the only friends of civilization. This is their conceit. But they have special powers to serve -- or to corrupt -- civilization, and are obliged to use them.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Civilization
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A nation has honor precisely as it has fleas - on this or that body. The statesman who talks of honor - unless he means something else, quite different - is a rogue.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Mean
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Great advertising is the expression of deep emotional sincerity.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Emotional
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From so much of this seriously-intended pornography there rises, even when it is lewdly or boisterously comic, the acrid smell, unmistakable, of self-dislike.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Self
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... the stomach is near the heart and one appetite pricks on another.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Heart
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The writer - more especially the novelist - who has not, at one moment or another, considered his publisher unworthy of him, has still to be conceived.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Novelists
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Inevitably, the flood of literary pornography loosed on us is dulling our reactions of surprise or shock. Its writers are forced to raise the ante, to provide stronger and stronger stimulants. Or try to provide them, since both the manner, the naming of parts and the few inexpressive four-letter words, and the matter, are narrowly limited.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Trying
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The gesture with which one generation guards the next is the movement, and the only time we see it clearly, of life itself.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Generations
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Sadistic literature is not only inhumane. It is anti-human.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Literature
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the sex even in serious pornography has less singularity than the mating of squirrels.
- Storm Jameson
Collection: Sex