I. A. Richards quotes

  • Art does not exist for politics, or for instruction- it exists primarily for pleasure, or it is nothing.

  • As a kid, I was always into art at the same time as computers, and eventually I realised I was making more interesting stuff with my keyboard than with my hands. I really enjoyed modifying computer games more than playing them, so that got me into programming.

  • The traditional difficulty of balancing the mechanical with the imaginative schools of photography still operates. In schools of photography meaningful art education is often lacking and on the strength of their technical ability alone students, deprived of a richer artistic training, are sent forth inculcated with the belief that they are creative photographers and artists. It is yet a fact that today, as in the past, the most inspiring and provocative works in photography come as much (and probably more) from those who are in the first place artists.

  • Poetry is unfallen speech. Paradise knew no other, for no other would suffice to answer the need of those ecstatic days of innocence.

  • ... passion for survival is the great theme of women's poetry.

  • A poet cannot be a Party member ... without paying the price.

  • A poem round and perfect as a star.

  • Poets are mysterious, but a poet when all is said is not much more mysterious than a banker.

  • The selection of a book-plate is such a serious matter.

  • Nothing new here, except my marrying, which to me is a matter of profound wonder.