Leon Edel quotes

  • The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and to go on with one's life as if it were interminable. I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when he was dying of tuberculosis.
    -- Leon Edel

    #House #Mind #Age

  • Of the creative spirits that flourished in Concord, Massachusetts, it might be said that Hawthorne loved men but felt estranged from them, Emerson loved ideas even more than men, and Thoreau loved himself.
    -- Leon Edel

    #Men #Ideas #Creative

  • The secret of biography resides in finding the link between talent and achievement. A biography seems irrelevant if it doesnt discover the overlap between what the individual did and the life that made this possible. Without discovering that, you have shapeless happenings and gossip.
    -- Leon Edel

    #Gossip #Achievement #Secret

  • The biographer who writes the life of his subjects self-concept passes through a fade into the inner house of life.
    -- Leon Edel

    #Writing #Self #House

  • Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic, obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes.
    -- Leon Edel

    #Eye #Four #Obsession

  • Henry James joyously engaged in the act of writing. A good day's writing gave him a sense of strength, of control over chaos, a victory of order and clarity over the confused battle of existence.
    -- Leon Edel

    #Confused #Writing #Good Day

  • I believe the collapse of the House of Windsor is tied in with the collapse of the Church of England.

  • He who builds a masjid in the way of Allah, God will build a house for him in the paradise.

  • I went to my friend's house one day, and he had an electric guitar he had just bought with a tiny little amp. I turned the volume up to 10 and I hit one chord, and I said, I'm in love.

  • The house has to serve comfort. The work of art is revolutionary; the house is conservative.

  • There are many who lust for the simple answers of doctrine or decree. They are on the left and right. They are not confined to a single part of the society. They are terrorists of the mind.

  • Are you really angry, or simply aware of anger in the body and mind? Don't speculate, simply look at what is there.

  • You cannot have a good character today and at the same time have a small mind and a little heart. You cannot have a good character today and be merely a petty reformer.

  • The minds of stone lovers had colonised stones as lichens clung to them with golden or grey-green florid stains. The human world of stones is caught in organic metaphors like flies in amber. Words came from flesh and hair and plants. Reniform, mammilated, botryoidal, dendrite, haematite. Carnelian is from carnal, from flesh. Serpentine and lizardite are stone reptiles ; phyllite is leafy-green.

  • And unlike the rest of you, he hasn’t yet time to ruin his career or his mind." "Then he won’t do. Send him home. Get us another lunatic." "Excuse me!" [hopping up to stand in his seat] "Elassar Targon, master of the universe, reporting for duty!" "I withdraw my objection.

  • I was born in the Bronx, and then my father moved us to the country at an early age.