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Brooks Atkinson Quotes





After each war there is a little less democracy to save.
 

Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.
 

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
 

Every man with an idea has at least two or three followers.
[Ideas]
 

Good plays drive bad playgoers crazy.
 

In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.
 

It seems not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life. It is the basic truth.
 

It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.
 

Life is seldom as unendurable as, to judge by the facts, it logically ought to be.
[Life]
 

People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know.
 

The most fatal illusion is the narrow point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.
 

The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.
 

The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.
 

There is no joy so great as that of reporting that a good play has come to town.
 

This nation was built by men who took risks-pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, business men who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of the truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action.
[Risks]
 

We [Americans] cheerfully assume that in some mystic way love conquers all, that good outweighs evil in the just balances of the universe and that at the eleventh hour something gloriously triumphant will prevent the worst before it happens.