Michael Dirda Quotes

Most popular Michael Dirda Quotes

One of the ancient goals of criticism was called the correction of taste.

criticism

The world is a library of strange and wonderful books, and sometimes we just need to go prowling through the stacks.

the world libraries books

In a good autobiography the chaos of life's experience (truth) must be given some kind of order or pattern (design).

autobiography

Throughout history the exemplary teacher has never been just an instructor in a subject; he is nearly always its living advertisement.

teaching

Most serious novels are machines for producing anxiety.  Pick up a classic or a current best seller, and you'll find people in trouble.

novels

Certainly if there is any worldly talent worth cultivating, it's a sense of humor.  To possess a cheerful outlook may be the greatest gift of the gods, the distant second best being a taste for irony.

sense of humor

Critics and reviewers can be loosely divided into two camps: Those who never let you forget that they are judge, jury, and if need be, executioner; and those who humble themselves before a poem or novel, waiting for it to reveal its secrets to them.

critics