Clifton Fadiman Quotes

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Science fiction is a kind of archaeology of the future.

science fiction

The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.

parts of speech

I don't want to be my child's pal, I want to be his father.
— Clifton Fadiman
Ennui, felt on the proper occasions, is a sign of intelligence.
— Clifton Fadiman

boredom

A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.

wine

It would seem that in youth we sow our wild oats, in old age our tame anedcotes.

anecdote

To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.

wine

Mr. Faulkner, of course, is interested in making your mind rather than your flesh creep.
For most men, life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.

life

Reading is not an operation performed on something inert but a relationship entered into with another vital being.

reading

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.

reading classics re-reading

An ideologue may be defined as a mad intellectual.  He is not interested in ideas, but—almost the exact contrary—in one idea.

ideology

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
— Clifton Fadiman

Travel

A cheese may disappoint.  It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward immortality.

cheese

Socrates called himself a midwife of ideas. A great book is often such a midwife, delivering to full existence what has been coiled like an embryo in the dark, silent depths of the brain.

books

What is a sense of humor?  Surely not the ability to understand a joke. It comes rather from a residing feeling of one's own absurdity.  It is the ability to understand a joke, and that the joke is on oneself.

sense of humor