David Lodge Quotes (11 quotes)
“Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way round.”
The British Museum Is Falling Down ( 1983), ch. 4, p. 56. ISBN 0140062149
“Looking around at the faces of his colleagues in the Senior Common Room he felt reassured: not a Lineament of Gratified Desire to be seen.”
Changing Places ( 1978), ch. 1, p. 27.
“I'm a bit of a deconstructionist myself. It's kind of exciting the last intellectual thrill left. Like sawing through the branch you're sitting on.”
Part II, ch. 2, p. 118. - Small World (1984)
“That's the attraction of the conference circuit: it's a way of converting work into play, combining professionalism with tourism, and all at someone else's expense. Write a paper and see the world! I'm Jane Austen fly me!”
Part IV, ch. 1, p. 231. - Small World (1984)
Part IV, ch. 1, p. 245. - Small World (1984)
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”
Earliest attribution found in: The Brethren Evangelist, Vol. XCIV, January 1, 1972, No. 1
“Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.”
ABC of Reading (1934)
“Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand.”
To her pupils at Roanne in 1934. As reported in "Utopian pessimist: the life and thought of Simone Weil" (Poseidon Press, 1990) by David McLellan, p. 93
“Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Speech given at Harrow School, Harrow, England, October 29, 1941.
“Hegel … said that the owl of Minerva flies at dusk, meaning that only when a culture is over can it be understood. Hegel's moment of understanding of the West coincided with its end.”
The Closing of the American Mind (1987)
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Born: January 28, 1935 (age 84)
Bio: David John Lodge is an English author and literary critic.