Van Wyck Brooks Quotes & Sayings

11 most famous Van Wyck Brooks quotes and sayings (critic). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
“Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere.”
Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
“Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright.”
Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
“The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses.”
Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
“The man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man.”
Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
“The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me... by newspapers and the Bible.”
Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
“People of small caliber are always carping. They are bent on showing their own superiority, their knowledge or prowess or good breeding.”
“No one is fit to judge a book until he has rounded Cape Horn in a sailing vessel, until he has bumped into two or three icebergs, until he has been lost in the sands of the desert, until he has spent a few years in the House of the Dead.”
Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
“Nothing is sadder than having worldly standards without worldly means.”
Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
“It is not that the French are not profound, but they all express themselves so well that we are led to take their geese for swans.”
Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
“There is no stopping the world's tendency to throw off imposed restraints, the religious authority that is based on the ignorance of the many, the political authority that is based on the knowledge of the few.”

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