Brooks Atkinson

American theatre critic

Lived from: 1894-1984

Category: Media

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    After each war there is a little less democracy to save.
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    Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.
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    Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
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    Ethel Waters, the flaming tower of dusky regality, who knows how to make a song stand on tiptoe.
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    I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
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    In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.
    Source: Once around the sun (1951)
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    In the 1920s dramatists attacked their subjects as if the inequities could be resolved. Some of the traditional optimism of America lurked behind most of the early plays. But not now. There is no conviction now that the problem will be solved.
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    In the ideal sense nothing is uninteresting; there are only uninterested people.
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    It seems not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life. It is the basic truth.
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    It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.
    Source: Once around the sun (1951)
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    Life is seldom as unendurable as, to judge by the facts, it logically ought to be.
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    Materialism is decadent and degenerate only if the spirit of the nation has withered and if individual people are so unimaginative that they wallow in it.
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    Nobody is fully alive who cannot apply to art as much discrimination and appreciation as he applies to the work by which he earns his living.
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    Nothing a man writes can please him as profoundly as something he does with his back, shoulders and hands. For writing is an artificial activity. It is a lonely and private substitute for conversation.
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    Nothing wholly admirable ever happens in this country except the migration of birds.
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