Lewis H. Lapham Quotes

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He was as uncommunicative as a vending machine.
— Lewis H. Lapham


We are a people captivated by the power and romance of metaphor, forever seeking the invisible through the image of the visible.


Youth as glimpsed by its elders is a story that comes from afar, showing itself as either lovely to look at or a torment to endure.
— Lewis H. Lapham


Great power constitutes its own argument, and it never has much trouble drumming up friends, applause, sympathetic exegesis, and a band.


Money is like fire, an element as little troubled by moralizing as earth, air and water.  Men can employ it as a tool or they can dance around it as if it were the incarnation of a god.


A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.

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Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. The mounting of this illusion defines the purpose and accounts for the immense wealth of American sports. It is the ceremony of innocence that the fans pay to see—not the game or the match or the bout, but the ritual portrayal of a world in which time stops and all hope remains plausible, in which everybody present can recover the blameless expectations of a child, where the forces of light always triumph over the powers of darkness.
— Lewis H. Lapham