Paul Goodman

American writer, poet, criticus

Lived from: 1911-1972

Category: Media | Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Paul Goodman

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    When a village ceases to be a community, it becomes oppressive in its narrow conformity. So one becomes an individual and migrates to the city. There, finding others like-minded, one re-establishes a village community. Nowadays only New Yorkers are yokels.
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    A good teacher feels his way, looking for response.
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    Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.
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    Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.
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    Few great men could pass personal.
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    For mankind, speech with a capital S is especially meaningful and committing, more than the content communicated. The outcry of the newborn and the sound of the bells are fraught with mystery more than the baby's woeful face or the venerable tower.
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    It rarely adds anything to say, ''In my opinion'' - not even modesty. Naturally a sentence is only your opinion; and you are not the Pope.
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    There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people that food is poison.
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