WYNDHAM LEWIS QUOTES

English author & painter (1882-1957)

Wyndham Lewis quote

Wherever there is objective truth, there is satire.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, Rude Assignment

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You as a Fascist stand for the small trader against the chain-store; for the peasant against the usurer; for the nation, great or small, against the super-state; for personal business against Big Business; for the craftsman against the Machine; for the creator against the middleman; for all that prospers by individual effort and creative toil, against all that prospers in the abstract air of High Finance or of the theoretic ballyhoo of Internationalism.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, British Union Quarterly, 1937

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Feminism was recognized by the average man as a conflict in which it was impossible for a man, as a chivalrous gentleman ... as a highly evolved citizen of a highly civilized community, to refuse the claim of this better half to self-determination.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, "The Family and Feminism", The Art of Being Ruled

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In the democratic western countries so-called capitalism leads a saturnalia of "freedom," like a bastard brother of reform.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, The Art of Being Ruled

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Life is art's rival and vice versa.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, Tarr

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I have been called a Rogue Elephant, a Cannibal Shark, and a crocodile. I am none the worse. I remain a caged, and rather sardonic, lion, in a particularly contemptible and ill-run zoo.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, Blasting and Bombardiering

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With most people, not describable as artists, all the finer part of their vitality goes into sex. They become third-rate poets during their courtship. All their instincts of drama come out freshly with their wives. The artist is he in whom this emotionality normally absorbed by sex is so strong that it claims a newer and more exclusive field of deployment. Its first creation is the Artist himself, a new sort of person; the creative man.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, Tarr

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Paris hints of sacrifice. But here we deal with that large dusty facet known to indulgent and congruous kind. It is in its capacity of delicious inn and majestic Baedeker where western Venuses twang its responsive streets, and hush to soft growl before its statues, that it is seen.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, Tarr

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To give up another person's love is a mild suicide; like a very bad inoculation as compared to the full disease.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, Tarr

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Almost anything that can be praised or advocated has been put to some disgusting use. There is no principle, however immaculate, that has not had its compromising manipulator.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, The Art of Being Ruled

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Laughter is the Wild Body's song of triumph.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, "Inferior Religions"

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If an art has for its function to represent manners and people, I do not see how it can avoid systematizing its sensibility to the extent of showing some figures much as Molière, for instance, did, as absurd or detestable.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, "My Bill of Rights", The Diabolical Principle

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For the first rate poet, nothing short of a Queen or a Chimera is adequate for the powers of his praise.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, Tarr

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The Relativity theory, the copernican upheaval, or any great scientific convulsion, leaves a new landscape. There is a period of stunned dreariness; then people begin, antlike, the building of a new human world. They soon forget the last disturbance. But from these shocks they derive a slightly augmented vocabulary, a new blind spot in their vision, a few new blepharospasms or tics, and perhaps a revised method of computing time.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, "The Great God Flux", The Art of Being Ruled

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We are the first men of a Future that has not materialized. We belong to a "great age" that has not "come off". We moved too quickly for the world. We set too sharp a pace.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, Blasting and Bombardiering

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Happiness is the chief material also in the construction of Utopias.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, The Essential Wyndham Lewis

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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, "Beyond Action and Reaction", The Art of Being Ruled

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Many great writers address audiences who do not exist; to address passionately and sometimes with very great wisdom people who do not exist has 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.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, The Art of Being Ruled

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

WYNDHAM LEWIS, The Essential Wyndham Lewis

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Satire has a great big glaring target. If successful, it blasts a great big hole in the center. Directness there must be and singleness of aim: it is all aim, all trajectory.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, notes to Kenneth Allott, Contemporary Verse

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