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    The great effort of civilization has been, and still is, the attempt to introduce a principle of control into that casual swarm of impressions which makes up men's thought and of which, especially with swayed by emotion, spontaneous action is the law.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    Always, some great culture is dying to enrich the soil of new harvests, some civlization is crumbling to rubbish to be the hill of a more beautiful city, some race is spending itself that a lower and more barbarous world may inherit its stored treasure house.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: world  culture  beautiful  dying  race 
     
    From the beginning, about the rude altar of the god, to the days of Goethe, of Leopardi, and of Victor Hugo, the poet is the leader in the dance of life; and the phrase by which we name his singularity, the poetic temperament, denotes the primacy of that passion in his blood with which the frame of other men is less richly charged.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: men  blood  god  leader  poet  passion  dance 
     
    'Old times' never come back and I suppose it's just as well. What comes back is a new morning every day in the year, and that's better.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: time  year 
     
    It does not appear to me to be open to question that there is in the soul of man a nature and an order obtaining in it as permanent and universal as in the material world.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: nature  men  world  soul  questions 
     
    To be faithful to your instincts and the impulses that carry you in the direction of the excellence you most desire and value ... surely that is to lead the noble life.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    You must find the ideas that have some promise in them... It is not enough to just have ideas.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: ideas 
     
    Mankind is the grandest and surest artist of all, and history as it clarifies is, in pure fact, an artistic process, a creation in its fullness of the beautiful soul.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    I believe that ideal character in its perfection is potentially in every man who is born into the world.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    A writer is justly called 'universal' when he is understood within the limits of his civilization, though that be bounded by a country or an age.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: age  civilization 
     
    Education has really only one basic factor: one must want it.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: education 
     
    "Old times" never come back and I suppose it's just as well. What comes back is a new morning every day in the year, and that's better.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: year 
     
    Always begin anew with the day, just as nature does. It is one of the sensible things that nature does.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: nature 
     
    The sweetest roamer is a boy's young heart.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: heart  young  boys 
     
    One can re-create what was in the mind of a mathematician a thousand years ago, recapture the truth of the intellect wherever it may have once come to light; but the image of art, that infinite variable of perception and expression in the individual, - that is not easily re-created, at least, not with certainty and in its original fulness.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: truth  perception  mind  year 
     
    The willingness to take risks is our grasp of faith.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: risk  faith 
     
    What faith in man must in our new world beat, Thinking how once he saw before his face The west and all the host of stars retreat Into the silent infinite of space!
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: men  world  star  faith  thinking 
     
    What holy cities are to nomadic tribes - a symbol of race and a bond of union - great books are to the wandering souls of men: they are the Meccas of the mind.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: soul  holy  mind  book  race 
     
    The school of life embodies a compulsory education that no man escapes.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: men  education  school 
     
    A marvellous power of expression over language often distinguishes genius; but Shakespeare in his phrases seems independent of the bonds of language as of the bonds of metre.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: power  language 
     
    The world is a multiplicity, a harvest-field, a battle-ground; and thence arises through human contact ways of numbering, or mathematics, ways of tillage, or agriculture, ways of fighting, or military tactics and strategy, and these are incorporated in individuals as habits of life.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    Who of English speech, bred to the traditions of his race, does not recognize Hamlet in his 'inky cloak' at a glance? Not to know him would argue one's self untaught in the chief glories of his language.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: self  language  speech  race 
     
    Art does not, like science, set forth a permanent order of nature, the enduring skeleton of law. Two factors primarily determine its works: one is the idea in the mind of the artist, the other is his power of expression; and both these factors are extremely variable.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: nature  power  law  mind  ideas  artist 
     
    Art has a double visage: it looks before and after. Romance is its forward-looking face. The germ of growth is in romanticism. Formalism, on the other hand, consolidates tradition; gleans what has been gained and makes it facile to the hand or the mind; economizes the energy of genius.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: growth  energy  genius  romance 
     
    You may name a bronze statue 'Liberty,' or a painted figure in a city hall 'Commerce,' or a marble form in a temple 'Athene' or 'Venus;' but what is really there is only a representation of a single woman.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: women  liberty 
     
    I am quite sure that no friendship yields its true pleasure and nobility of nature without frequent communication, sympathy and service.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    Thrashing is not the most noticeably awful of disappointments. Not to have attempted is the genuine disappointment.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problem of contentment.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: failure  true 
     
    A nation's poets are its true owners; and by the stroke of the pen they convey the title-deeds of its real possessions to strangers and aliens.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: true  real  poet 
     
    Our understanding of Shakespeare already depends largely on the vitality of Renaissance elements in our education. Each man must live in his own generation, as the saying is; but the generations are bound together by the golden links of the great tradition of civilization.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    Seasonal changes, as it were, take place in history, when there is practically an almost universal death, a falling of the foliage of the tree of life. Such were the intervals between the ancient and mediaeval time, the mediaeval and the modern.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: death  time 
     
    The critic is genius at one remove; he is not unlike an actor on the stage, and incarnates in his mind, as the actor embodies in his person, another's work; only thus does he understand art, realize it, know it; and having arrived at this, his task is done.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: people  mind  genius 
     
    The growth of art seems to be in cycles, and often its vigorous lifetime is restricted to a century or two. The periods of distinctive drama, Greek, English, Spanish, fall within such a limit; the schools of painting and sculpture likewise; and, in poetry, the Victorian age or the school of Pope will serve as examples.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    The language of literature is the language of all the world. It is necessary to divest ourselves at once of the notion of diversified vocal and grammatical speech which constitutes the various tongues of the Earth, and conceals the identity of image and logic in the minds of all men.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    To realize life in the abstract as noble or beautiful or humane, to set it forth so with radiance upon it, that is civilization in the arts. Shakespeare is the chief modern example of this supreme faculty of mankind.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    Much of a poet's experience takes place in imagination only; the life he tells is oftenest the life that he strongly desires to live, and the power, the purity and height of his utterance may not seldom be the greater because experience here uses the voices of desire.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    If the aristocracy of the whole white race is so to melt in a world of the colored races of the Earth, I for one should only rejoice in such a divine triumph of the sacrificial idea in history; for it would mean the humanization of mankind.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: world  earth  mankind  divine  ideas  race 
     
    Genius is that in which the soul of a race bums at its brightest, revealing and preserving its vision; works of art are great and significant in proportion to the clarity and fulness with which they incarnate this vision.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: work  soul  clarity  genius  vision  race 
     
    Aesthetic freedom is like free speech; it is, indeed, a form of free speech.
    — George Edward Woodberry
    tags: freedom  speech 
     
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    george edward woodberry
    Birth    : May 12, 1855
    Death  : January 2, 1930
    Occupation  : Literary critic