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Edward Dahlberg
July 22, 1900 - February 27, 1977
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.


The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature.


So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born.


The ancients understood the regulation of power better than the regulation of liberty.


We can only write well about our sins because it is too difficult to recall a virtuous act or even whether it was the result of good or evil motives.


A strong foe is better than a weak friend.


When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels.


What most men desire is a virgin who is a whore.


It takes a long time to understand nothing.


To write is a humiliation.


Every decision you make is a mistake.


Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors.


Men are mad most of their lives; few live sane, fewer die so. The acts of people are baffling unless we realize that their wits are disordered. Man is driven to justice by his lunacy.


Always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. Walt Disney Every decision you make is a mistake.


Herman Melville was as separated from a civilized literature as the lost Atlantis was said to have been from the great peoples of the earth.


We cannot live, suffer or die for somebody else, for suffering is too precious to be shared.


The Americans have always been food, sex, and spirit revivalists.


The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotent.


Man hoards himself when he has nothing to give away.


Nothing in our times has become so unattractive as virtue.


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