George Steiner

George Steiner

French-born American Critic, Novelist

Lived from: 1929-

Quotes: George Steiner

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    Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.
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    Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.
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    Pornographers subvert this last, vital privacy; they do our imagining for us. They take away the words that were of the night and shout them over the roof-tops, making them hollow.
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    The age of the book is almost gone.
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    The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.
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    There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.
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    To many men... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.
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    To shoot a man because one disagrees with his interpretation of Darwin or Hegel is a sinister tribute to the supremacy of ideas in human affairs - but a tribute nevertheless.
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    We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the morning.
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    Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.
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