Modernity signifies the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art of which the other half is the eternal and the immutable.
France is not poetic; she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic.
Our religion is itself profoundly sad - a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language - so long as he knows anguish and is a painter.
In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.
W. Clement Stone
Thomas Ian Nicholas
I. F. Stone