US (English-born) critic & poet.

(1907 - 1973)

"A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep."

"A real good bokk is not one that we read, but one that reads us."

"We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know."

"Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh."

"Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered."

"No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible."

"False enchantment can last a lifetime."

"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water."

"We must love one another or die."

"Evil is unspectacular and always human, annd shares our bed and eats at our own table."

"Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest."

"One cannot review a bad book without showing off."

"My face looks like a wedding cake left out in the rain."