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George Steiner quotes: The age of the book is almost gone. The age of the book is almost gone.
George Steiner quotes: Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity
George Steiner quotes: Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent. Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.
George Steiner quotes: My father loved poetry and music. But deep in himself he thought teaching the finest thing a person could do. My father loved poetry and music. But deep in himself he thought teaching the finest thing a person could do.
George Steiner quotes: What worthwhile book after the Pentateuch has been written by a committee? What worthwhile book after the Pentateuch has been written by a committee?
George Steiner quotes: The journalistic vision sharpens to the point of maximum impact every event, every individual and social configuration; but the honing is uniform. The journalistic vision sharpens to the point of maximum impact every event, every individual and social configuration; but the honing is uniform.
George Steiner quotes: There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness. There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.
George Steiner quotes: Anything can be said and, in consequence, written about anything. Anything can be said and, in consequence, written about anything.
George Steiner quotes: Literary criticism has about it neither rigour nor proof. Where it is honest, it is passionate, private experience seeking to persuade. Literary criticism has about it neither rigour nor proof. Where it is honest, it is passionate, private experience seeking to persuade.
George Steiner quotes: If there is a chronic infirmity by which every teacher ought to be afflicted, it is, indeed, hope. If there is a chronic infirmity by which every teacher ought to be afflicted, it is, indeed, hope.
George Steiner quotes: To starve a child of the spell of the story, of the canter of the poem, oral or written, is a kind of living burial. It is to immure him To starve a child of the spell of the story, of the canter of the poem, oral or written, is a kind of living burial. It is to immure him in emptiness.
George Steiner quotes: I'm sorry, I'm absolutely convinced that there is at the moment no realistic prospect for very much hope in human affairs. I'm sorry, I'm absolutely convinced that there is at the moment no realistic prospect for very much hope in human affairs.
George Steiner quotes: The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light. The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light.
George Steiner quotes: The Socratic demonstration of the ultimate unity of tragic and comic drama is forever lost. But the proof is in the art of Chekhov. The Socratic demonstration of the ultimate unity of tragic and comic drama is forever lost. But the proof is in the art of Chekhov.
George Steiner quotes: I learned early on that 'rabbi' means teacher, not priest. I learned early on that 'rabbi' means teacher, not priest.
George Steiner quotes: The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion. The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.
George Steiner quotes: More and more lower-middle-income families either live their lives in debt or leave the city altogether. The boom is strictly at the penthouse level. More and more lower-middle-income families either live their lives in debt or leave the city altogether. The boom is strictly at the penthouse level.
George Steiner quotes: I have students who are now in chairs in five continents. They invite me to their inaugurals. A tremendous reward. I have students who are now in chairs in five continents. They invite me to their inaugurals. A tremendous reward.
George Steiner quotes: Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life. Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.
George Steiner quotes: Increasingly unable to create for itself a relevant body of myth, the modern imagination will ransack the treasure house of the classic. Increasingly unable to create for itself a relevant body of myth, the modern imagination will ransack the treasure house of the classic.
George Steiner quotes: 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 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.
George Steiner quotes: The symmetries of immanence are cruel. The symmetries of immanence are cruel.
George Steiner quotes: Nothing in a language is less translatable than its modes of understatement. Nothing in a language is less translatable than its modes of understatement.
George Steiner quotes: Every language is a world. Without translation, we would inhabit parishes bordering on silence. Every language is a world. Without translation, we would inhabit parishes bordering on silence.
George Steiner quotes: When a language dies, a possible world dies with it. When a language dies, a possible world dies with it.
George Steiner quotes: To understand is to decipher. To hear significance is to translate. To understand is to decipher. To hear significance is to translate.
George Steiner quotes: Life proceeds amid an incessant network of signals. Life proceeds amid an incessant network of signals.
George Steiner quotes: When the modern scholar cites from a classic text, the quotation seems to burn a hole in his own drab page. When the modern scholar cites from a classic text, the quotation seems to burn a hole in his own drab page.
George Steiner quotes: To ask larger questions is to risk getting things wrong. Not to ask them at all is to constrain the life of understanding To ask larger questions is to risk getting things wrong. Not to ask them at all is to constrain the life of understanding
George Steiner quotes: Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence. Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.