James Fenton quotes

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The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.
The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.
Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot b ...
It is not what they built. It is what they knocked down.
It is not the houses. It is the spaces between the houses.
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It has to be displayed, this face, on a more or less horizontal plane. Imagine a man wearing a mask, and imagine that the elastic ...
Those who actually set out to see the fall of a city ... or those who choose to go to a front line, are obviously asking themselve ...
Saigon was an addicted city, and we were the drug: the corruption of children, the mutilation of young men, the prostitution of wo ...
One does not become a guru by accident.
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