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Перси Уиндем Льюис

Дата рождения: 18. Ноябрь 1882
Дата смерти: 7. Март 1957

Перси Уиндем Льюис — английский художник, писатель и теоретик искусства.


„Дружба бесполезна и не нужна, как философия, как искусство, как тварный мир, который Бог не обязан был творить. Она не нужна жизни, она — из тех вещей, без которых не нужна жизнь.“

„Всегда говори женщине, что она не такая, как другие, если хочешь получить от неё то же, что от других.“


„Contradict yourself. In order to live, you must remain broken up.“

„Instead of the vast organization to exploit the weakness of the Many, should we not possess one for the exploitation of the intelligence of the Few?“ The Art Of Being Ruled

„Artists put as much vitality and delight into their saintliness and escape out as most men do their escapes into similar places from respectable existence.“

„Many great writers address audiences who do not exist; to address passionately and sometimes with very great wisdomhas this advantage—that there will always be a group of people who, seeing a man shouting apparently at somebody or other, and seeing nobody else in sight, will think it is they who are being addressed.“

„But let me have silence always, in the centre of the shouting—that is essential! Let me have silence so that no pin may drop and not be heard, and not a whisper escape us for all our spouting, nor the needle's scratching upon this gramophone of a circular cosmic spot. Hear me! Mark me! Learn me! Throw the mind's ear open—shut up the mind's eye—all will be music!“

„What is the good of being an island, if you are not a volcanic island?“ Letters


„One night Death left his card. I was not familiar with the name he chose: but the black edge was deep. I flung it back. A thousand awakenings of violence.“

„Art is the expression of an enormous preference.“

„In a period of such obsessing political controversy as the present, I believe that I am that strange animal, the individual without anyat all.“

„The English certainly and fiercely pride themselves in never praising
themselves.“


„There is nothing contemptible about an intoxicated man (if it is nothing more than a bookful of words or a roomful of notes that he has got drunk on).“

„The intelligence suffers today automatically in consequence of the attack on all authority, advantage, or privilege. These things are not done away with, it is needless to say, but numerous scapegoats are made of the less politically powerful, to satisfy the egalitarian rage awakened.“ The Art of Being Ruled

„The art of advertisement, after the American manner, has introduced into all our life such a lavish use of superlatives, that no standard of value whatever is intact.“ Doom Of Youth

„An uncomfortable thing happened now. He realised suddenly all the possibilities of this chance acquaintanceship, plainly and cinematographically. He was seized with panic. He must make a good impression. From that moment he ran the risk of doing the reverse. For he was unaccustomed to act with calculation. There he was like some individual who had gone nonchalantly into the presence of a prince; who—just in the middle of the audience—when he would have been getting over his first embarrassment —is overcome with a tardy confusion, the imagination in some way giving a jump. It is the imagination, repressed and as it were slighted, revenging itself. Casting about desperately for means of handling the situation, he remembered she had spoken of getting a dog to guide her. What had she meant? Anyway, he grasped at the dog. He could regain possession of himself in romantic stimulus of this figure. He would be her dog! Lie at her feet! He would fill with a merely animal warmth and vivacity the void that must exist in her spirit. His imagination, flattered, came in as ally. This, too, exempted him from the necessity of being victorious. All he asked was to be her dog! Only wished to impress her as a dog! Even if she did not feel much sympathy for him now, no matter. He would humbly follow her up, put himself at her disposition, not be exigent. It was a role difficult to refuse him. Sense of security the humility of this resolution brought about, caused him to regain a self-possession. Only it imposed the condition, naturally, of remaining a dog.“ Tarr

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