John Dos Passos Quotes

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Individuality is freedom lived.

individuality

Men who have lost their conviction of what is good and what is bad find themselves without a sextant to check their position by.

conviction

Shakespeare wouldn't have been any good if he'd stayed in Stratford.  He had to go to London to be bathed in the full current of the Renaissance.
A satirist is a man whose flesh creeps so at the ugly and the savage and the incongruous aspects of society that he has to express them as brutally and nakedly as possible to get relief.

satire

If there is a special Hell for writers it would be in the forced contemplation of their own works, with all the misconceptions, the omissions, the failures that any finished work of art implies.

writers failure

A novel is a commodity that fulfills a certain need; people need to buy daydreams like they need to buy ice cream or aspirin or gin. They even need to buy a pinch of intellectual catnip now and then to liven up their thoughts, a few drops of poetry to stimulate their feelings.

novels

A satirist is a man whose flesh creeps so at the ugly and the savage and the incongruous aspects of society that he has to express them as brutally and nakedly as possible to get relief.  He seeks to put his grisly obsession into expressive form the way a bacteriologist seeks to isolate a virus.

satire

Why won't they let a year die without bringing in a new one on the instant, can't they use birth control on time? I want an interregnum. The stupid years patter on with unrelenting feet, never stopping—rising to little monotonous peaks in our imaginations at festivals like New Year's and Easter and Christmas—But, goodness, why need they do it?
— John Dos Passos

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