I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
I maintain that two and two would continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the ameteur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.
Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with.
Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about the taking of things prescribed.
But you know, really, if you think about it Roger and I and all critics really have one absolute essential part of our credentials and that is that you believe that that is actually what we think.
The artist must be in his work like God in his Creation, invisible and all-powerful, so that he is felt everywhere but not seen.
Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.
There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.
Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.
You want to have a critical success and you want people to go see it. It's disappointing if something's well reviewed and no one goes to see it.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
Filmmakers and critics wrote about each other and sometimes very harshly. This no longer exists.
It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a boy's mind from effort.
The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.
When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening, because everything happens within you.
Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.
People accuse me of being Methody, but I'm not at all. The one thing I don't want people to see is me. I don't want them to be able to recognize my faults and failures and qualities, and I won't use those things to spark off emotions or to illustrate.
One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
Don't be an art critic. Paint. There lies salvation.
The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.