Robertson davies quotes writing a book

Maybe the fascists will shoot me, and maybe the proletariat, but political contrariness will be the end of me; I feel it in my bones.

Robertson Davies Quotes About Writing

Today I live in the gray, muffled, smelless, puffy, tasteless half-world of those who have colds. Everybody says Canada is a hard country to govern, but nobody mentions that for some people it is also a hard country to live in.

Review of the Canterbury Tales Without language, how can we tell anyone what we feel, or what we think? Nobody can find fault with legitimate ambition, but when the wealth of the spiritual and intellectual life is reduced to a formula for overcoming sales resistance, we protest.

The last two lines must rhyme with the first rhyme in the first line, but the third or fourth line must rhyme on a weak syllable. On Seeing Plays Nabokov is more robertson davies quotes writing a book a master swordsmith making a fine blade; nothing is amiss, nothing is too much, there is no fuss, and the finished product must be handled with great care, or it will cut you badly.

He also participated in theatrical productions as a child, where he developed a lifelong interest in drama.

Robertson Davies Quotes

But men who look young, act young, and everlastingly harp on the fact they are young, but who nevertheless think and act with a degree of caution which would be excessive in their grandfathers, are the curses of the world. When John Ryderfor instance, writes "I utter valediction to the author of my being," he means simply that he said goodbye to his mother.

God knows I have little interest in animals, but I do not like to see them insulted. Bookes give no wisdom where none was before, But where some is, there reading makes it more.

84 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Robertson Davies

The truth is that art does not teach; it makes you feel, and any teaching that may arise from the feeling is an extra, and must not be stressed too much. If people need a book to tell them that in marriage kindness and forbearance are necessary, and that the sexual act is happier when it is undertaken to give pleasure as well as to receive it, these books are what they want.

Writing about AIDS rather than the cocktail set, or possibly the fairy kingdom, will not guarantee importance. The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said, however inexperienced the writer.

The road ahead is inevitably dark, but to see where we have been may offer unexpected hints about who we are, and where we should be heading.

Robertson Davies: Canada's greatest novelist?

Our age has robbed millions of the simplicity of ignorance, and has so far failed to lift them to the simplicity of wisdom. Readers will immediately divine that this was written before the advent of the credit card.

Quotes by Robertson Davies

Many authors write like amateur blacksmiths making their first horseshoe; the clank of the anvil, the stench of the scorched leather apron, the sparks and the cursing are palpable, and this appeals to those who rank "sincerity" very high. Some people I know were telling me of a curious experience which they had recently; they put a collection of old and rejected household articles in their car and drove to a dump to dispose of them.

I was reading Dorothy Dix this afternoon; she says that it is permissible for a young man to tell a girl he knows fairly well that she has pretty ankles; from this I assume that the better he knows her the higher he may praise her.

Do you know who I think you are, Ramsay? If you attack stupidity, you attack an entrenched interest with friends in government and every walk of public life, and you will make small progress against it. It is to make us wise, of course, but what is the use of being wise if we are not sometimes merry?

As I plodded back and forth I reflected miserably upon my own political rootlessness, in a world where politics is so important. In my collection, to me at least, the theatre of the past lives again and those long-dead playwrights and actors have in me an enthralled audience of one, and I applaud them across the centuries.

Robertson Davies

The Noble Greeks One might think, to hear some people talk, that this had been a particularly fine summer. The world is full of romantic, macabre, improbable things which would never do in works of fiction.

Robertson Davies Dangerous Jewels People marry most happily with their own kind. I cannot imagine any boy of spirit who would not be delighted to play a drunkard — even to vomiting — in front of his Sunday school. Art lies in understanding some part of the dark forces and bringing them under the direction of reason.

A few years ago I had to answer some searching questions to a Customs official about a book which I had with me, printed in Latin, and which the official suspected to be Russian; it was a jestbook, as a matter of fact, and I was so foolish as to say so, forgetting that a Latin joke is as strange to the modern imagination as a unicorn or an amphisbaena.

The Victorians have been immoderately praised, and immoderately blamed, and surely it is time we formed some reasonable picture of them?Robertson Davies William Robertson Davies, (born August 28,at Thamesville, Ontario, and died December 2, at Orangeville, Ontario) was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor.

“Conversations with Robertson Davies”, p, Univ. Press of Mississippi 6 Copy quote Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.

Robertson Davies quotes (showing of ) “A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”. William Robertson Davies was a Canadian author, professor, novelist, playwright and critic.

Davies was born in a distinguished and educated family and he also followed suit. He studied at Queen’s University till but did not graduate and then enrolled at Balliol College at University of Oxford, from where he was awarded a BLitt degree.

Robertson Davies Loved, Never, Heard, Wanted, Who, Books The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said, however inexperienced the writer. -Robertson Davies: He was a genius - that is to say, a man who does superlatively and without obvious effort something that most people cannot do .

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