Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
Most popular Van Wyck Brooks Quotes
The creative impulses of men are always at war with their possessive impulses.
Earnest people are often people who habitually look on the serious side of things that have no serious side.
Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.
If men were basically evil, who would bother to improve the world instead of giving it up as a bad job at the outset?
The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, by newspapers and the Bible.
How delightful is the company of generous people, who overlook trifles and keep their minds instinctively fixed on whatever is good and positive in the world about them.
For the creative impulses of men are always at war with their possessive impulses, and poetry, as we know, spring s from brooding on just those aspects of experience that most retard the swift advance of the acquisitive mind.