Kenneth Clark Quotes

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We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.
— Kenneth Clark

cynicism

Ask any decent person what he thinks matters most in human conduct: five to one his answer will be "kindness."
— Kenneth Clark

kindness

The first flash of insight which persuades human beings to change their basic assumptions is usually contained in a few phrases.

insight

Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man.  It could not have been foreseen by any logical process.

opera

I believe order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction.  I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta.  On the whole, I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology.

sympathy

I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta.  On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology.  I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history.

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