Michael Dirda Quotes

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Michael Dirda quotes: Any man's death diminishes us, but when an artist passes away, we lose not just an island but an entire archipelago. Any man's death diminishes us, but when an artist passes away, we lose not just an island but an entire archipelago.
Michael Dirda quotes: I think of my own work as part of a decades-long conversation about books and reading with people I will mainly never meet. I think of my own work as part of a decades-long conversation about books and reading with people I will mainly never meet.
Michael Dirda quotes: What matters are those ordinary acts of kindness and of love, not vaulting ambition with its attendant hubris and smugness. What matters are those ordinary acts of kindness and of love, not vaulting ambition with its attendant hubris and smugness.
Michael Dirda quotes: Most scholarly books we read for the information or insight they contain. But some we return to simply for the pleasure of the author's company. Most scholarly books we read for the information or insight they contain. But some we return to simply for the pleasure of the author's company.
Michael Dirda quotes: I long ago ran out of bookshelf space and so, like a museum with its art, simply rotate my books from the boxes to the shelves and back again. I long ago ran out of bookshelf space and so, like a museum with its art, simply rotate my books from the boxes to the shelves and back again.
Michael Dirda quotes: I'm sometimes willing to put in vast, even inordinate amounts of time if I find a project that interests me. I'm sometimes willing to put in vast, even inordinate amounts of time if I find a project that interests me.
Michael Dirda quotes: Books don't only furnish a room: they also make the best holiday gifts. Books don't only furnish a room: they also make the best holiday gifts.
Michael Dirda quotes: Make sure your message is clear, yet that you are faithful to its complexity. Make sure your message is clear, yet that you are faithful to its complexity.
Michael Dirda quotes: Neither my mom nor my dad ever bought me any comic books. Certainly not for Christmas. I suspect that doing so would have violated the Parents' Code. Neither my mom nor my dad ever bought me any comic books. Certainly not for Christmas. I suspect that doing so would have violated the Parents' Code.
Michael Dirda quotes: Some of us, alas, are destined to find our escapes in novels, not life. Some of us, alas, are destined to find our escapes in novels, not life.
Michael Dirda quotes: . . the humanities encourage the development of our own humanity. They are our instruments of self-exploration. . . the humanities encourage the development of our own humanity. They are our instruments of self-exploration.
Michael Dirda quotes: I suppose movie theaters are the churches of the modern age, where we gather reverently to worship the tinsel gods of Hollywood. I suppose movie theaters are the churches of the modern age, where we gather reverently to worship the tinsel gods of Hollywood.
Michael Dirda quotes: I'm nothing if not a literary hedonist. I'm nothing if not a literary hedonist.
Michael Dirda quotes: What I enjoy about reviewing and writing for newspapers and periodicals is simply the chance to talk about all kinds of books and lots of them. What I enjoy about reviewing and writing for newspapers and periodicals is simply the chance to talk about all kinds of books and lots of them.
Michael Dirda quotes: Some travelers collect souvenirs, postcards, or bumper stickers; I bring home a pencil from the various places I visit. Some travelers collect souvenirs, postcards, or bumper stickers; I bring home a pencil from the various places I visit.
Michael Dirda quotes: The goal of a just society should be to provide satisfying work with a living wage to all its citizens. The goal of a just society should be to provide satisfying work with a living wage to all its citizens.
Michael Dirda quotes: From the late 19th to the early 20th century, the December issue of almost any general-interest magazine regularly featured a holiday horror or two. From the late 19th to the early 20th century, the December issue of almost any general-interest magazine regularly featured a holiday horror or two.
Michael Dirda quotes: Fiction is a house with many stately mansions, but also one in which it is wise, at least sometimes, to swing from the chandeliers. Fiction is a house with many stately mansions, but also one in which it is wise, at least sometimes, to swing from the chandeliers.
Michael Dirda quotes: I am shocked that we seemed to have learned nothing, absolutely nothing, from Vietnam. I am shocked that we seemed to have learned nothing, absolutely nothing, from Vietnam.
Michael Dirda quotes: Adventurous reading allows one to escape a little from the provincialities of one's home culture and the blinders of one's narrow self. Adventurous reading allows one to escape a little from the provincialities of one's home culture and the blinders of one's narrow self.
Michael Dirda quotes: The world is a library of strange and wonderful books, and sometimes we just need to go prowling through the stacks. The world is a library of strange and wonderful books, and sometimes we just need to go prowling through the stacks.
Michael Dirda quotes: 'The Admirable Crichton' is probably Barrie's most famous work after 'Peter Pan', nearly a pendant to that classic. 'The Admirable Crichton' is probably Barrie's most famous work after 'Peter Pan', nearly a pendant to that classic.
Michael Dirda quotes: In my own case, my folks didn't actually object to comics, as many parents did, but they pretty much felt the things were a waste of time. In my own case, my folks didn't actually object to comics, as many parents did, but they pretty much felt the things were a waste of time.
Michael Dirda quotes: If you are given lined paper, write crosswise. At least occassionally. If you are given lined paper, write crosswise. At least occassionally.
Michael Dirda quotes: With concerted effort, I can follow written instructions, but don't ask me to simply grasp how to operate a smartphone. With concerted effort, I can follow written instructions, but don't ask me to simply grasp how to operate a smartphone.
Michael Dirda quotes: For even the ordinary well-read person, the French Enlightenment is largely restricted to the three big-name philosophes: Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire. For even the ordinary well-read person, the French Enlightenment is largely restricted to the three big-name philosophes: Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire.
Michael Dirda quotes: Like most people, I find watching the lazy and quiet underwater realm of a big aquarium exceptionally calming. Like most people, I find watching the lazy and quiet underwater realm of a big aquarium exceptionally calming.
Michael Dirda quotes: Once upon a time, I sat in my mother's lap as she turned the pages of Golden Books, and I gradually learned to read. Once upon a time, I sat in my mother's lap as she turned the pages of Golden Books, and I gradually learned to read.
Michael Dirda quotes: A good rule of thumb is: Pack twice as many books as changes of underwear. A good rule of thumb is: Pack twice as many books as changes of underwear.
Michael Dirda quotes: I didn't work for any newspapers in college, never worked for any newspaper before 'The Washington Post'. I didn't work for any newspapers in college, never worked for any newspaper before 'The Washington Post'.
Michael Dirda quotes: Best selling authors are always worth listening to, even if you choose to ignore their advice. Best selling authors are always worth listening to, even if you choose to ignore their advice.
Michael Dirda quotes: My wife tells me I should check out 'Downton Abbey', but I gather that series might be almost too intense for my temperate nature. My wife tells me I should check out 'Downton Abbey', but I gather that series might be almost too intense for my temperate nature.
Michael Dirda quotes: I am something of an aficionado of thrift stores. In my youth, I regularly searched their shelves for old books. I am something of an aficionado of thrift stores. In my youth, I regularly searched their shelves for old books.