F. R. Leavis Quotes (3 quotes)
“A good deal of Paradise Lost strikes one as being almost as mechanical as bricklaying.”
―F. R. Leavis
Revaluation: Tradition and Development in English Poetry (1936; repr. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1964)
“Not only is he not a genius; he is intellectually as undistinguished as it is possible to be.”
―F. R. Leavis
Nor Shall My Sword: Discourses on Pluralism, Compassion and Social Hope (London: Chatto & Windus, 1972) p. 42.
Nor Shall My Sword: Discourses on Pluralism, Compassion and Social Hope (London: Chatto & Windus, 1972) p. 43
“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”
Variant: "Permanence, persistence is the first condition of all fruitfulness in the ways of men. The 'tendency to persevere,' to persist in spite of hindrances, discouragements and ' impossibilities:' it is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." From: "Past and Present" (1843), Book IV: Horoscope, "Permanence"
“Commitment. This is my favorite word because in some way, people who are committed are always much more interesting and much more reliable, and much more, I would say, deep than people who are not.”
"Q&A with Carlos Ghosn" published in CNN website on December 7, 2006.
“Obscenity is a moral concept in the verbal arsenal of the establishment, which abuses the term by applying it, not to expressions of its own morality but to those of another.”
An Essay on Liberation, Beacon Press, 1971 - ISBN: 9780807096871
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F. R. Leavis
Bio: Frank Raymond F. R. Leavis CH was an influential British literary critic of the early-to-mid-twentieth century. He taught for nearly his entire career at Downing College, Cambridge.