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Harold Bloom Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Harold Bloom

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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

I would say that there is no future for literary studies
as such in the United States.
- Harold Bloom

The world does not get to be a better or a worse place;
it just gets more senescent.
- Harold Bloom

In the finest critics one hears the full cry of the human.
They tell one why it matters to read.
- Harold Bloom

 

Shakespeare is universal.
- Harold Bloom

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

Sometimes one succeeds, sometimes one fails.
- Harold Bloom

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I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress,
even as regards the literary scene.
- Harold Bloom

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

No poem, not even Shakespeare or Milton or Chaucer,
is ever strong enough to totally exclude every crucial precursor text or poem.
- Harold Bloom

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

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

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

I take it that a successful therapy is an oxymoron.
- Harold Bloom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

It's not what happens to you,
but how you react to it that matters.
- Epictetus

It is not the magnitude of our actions
but the amount of love
that is put into them that matters.
- Mother Teresa

It doesn't matter who my father was.
It matters who I remember he was.
- Anne Sexton

It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
- Socrates

To love what you do and feel that it matters,
how on earth could anything be more fun.
- Katherine Graham

In all matters of opinion,
our adversaries are insane.
- Oscar Wilde

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything.
It's the time we spent together that matters,
not how we left it.
- Trey Parker

It is good to have an end to journey towards;
but it is the journey that matters in the end.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Everything deep is also simple
and can be reproduced simply
as long as its reference
to the whole truth is maintained.
But what matters is not what is witty
but what is true.
- Albert Schweitzer

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters
cannot be trusted with important matters.
- Albert Einstein

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

In matters of truth and justice,
there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
- Albert Einstein

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters
cannot be trusted in large ones either.
- Albert Einstein

In matters of conscience,
the law of the majority has no place.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is the journey that matters, in the end
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Where there is a mother in the home,
matters go well.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

I'm a father; that's what matters most.
Nothing matters more.
- Gordon Brown

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up.
Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

If you're happy, if you're feeling good,
then nothing else matters.
- Robin Wright Penn

The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone,
play a slide trombone, plant a small tree,
good God, now you're free.
- Ray Manzarek

When I go home, its an easy way to be grounded.
You learn to realize what truly matters.
- Tony Stewart

You know, all that really matters is that the people
you love are happy and healthy.
Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.
- Paul Walker

Love him and let him love you.
Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?
- James A. Baldwin

We cannot both preach and administer financial matters.
- Saint Stephen

You know, true love really matters, friends really matter,
family really matters.
Being responsible and disciplined and healthy really matters.
- Courtney Thorne Smith

I think it is inevitable that people program poorly.
Training will not substantially help matters.
We have to learn to live with it.
- Alan Perlis

News is something that happens that matters to you,
which is not most of what we watch on television.
- Val Kilmer

Will this new play be good or bad? Nothing else matters.
Nothing at all.
- Terence Rattigan

Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
- Salman Rushdie

The will is what matters - as long as you have that,
you are safe.
- Evelyn Underhill

In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
- Pliny the Elder

It is good to have an end to journey toward,
but it is the journey that matters in the end.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The Span of Life is too short to be trifled away in
unconcerning and unprofitable Matters.
- Mary Astell

The only thing that matters is what happens on the
little hump out in the middle of the field.
- Earl Weaver

If the market is left to sort matters out,
social injustice will be heightened and suffering in
the community will grow with the neglect the market fosters.
- Helen Clark

The production of children, the nurture of those born,
and the daily life of men, of these matters woman is visibly the cause.
- Guru Nanak

On matters of race, on matters of decency,
baseball should lead the way.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith,
and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.
- Blaise Pascal

It is a mistake to expect good work from expatriates
for it is not what they do that matters but what they are not doing.
- Cyril Connolly

What family you were born into matters so much more
than it did before in a perverse way.
- David Brooks


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