Born Wednesday 6 May 1914, died Friday 15 October 1965
Professions: Author, Consultant, Critic, Novelist, Poet
The blind date that has stood you up: your life.
I decided that Europeans and Americans are like men and women: they understand each other worse, and it matters less, than either of them suppose.
If we meet an honest and intelligent politician, a dozen, a hundred, we say they aren't like politicians at all, and our category of politicians stays unchanged; we know what politicians are like.
I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.
To Americans, English manners are far more frightening than none at all.
In the United States, there one feels free... Except from the Americans - but every pearl has its oyster.
A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.
It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life.
He thinks that Schiller and St Paul were just two Partisan Review editors.
One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups, to a child, is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.
The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.