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 :: 1900-1977, American Author, Critic

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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.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Machinery]

 

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The majority of persons choose their wives with as little prudence as they eat. They see a troll with nothing else to recommend her but a pair of thighs and choice hunkers, and so smart to void their seed that they marry her at once. They imagine they can live in marvelous contentment with handsome feet and ambrosial buttocks. Most men are accredited fools shortly after they leave the womb.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Wives]

 

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The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self-service populace, and all our specious comforts --the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria --are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Self-interest]

 

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There is a strange and mighty race of people called the Americans who are rapidly becoming the coldest in the world because of this cruel, man-eating idol, lucre.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Money]

 

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There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Advice]

 

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Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Arts and Artists]

 

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Though man is the only beast that can write, he has small reason to be proud of it. When he utters something that is wise it is nothing that the river horse does not know, and most of his creations are the result of accident.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Humankind]

 

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To write is a humiliation.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Writers and Writing]

 

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Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Business]

 

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We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Solitude]

 

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We are always talking about being together, and yet whatever we invent destroys the family, and makes us wild, touchless beasts feeding on technicolor prairies and rivers.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Technology]

 

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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.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Autobiography]

 

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We cannot live, suffer or die for somebody else, for suffering is too precious to be shared.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Suffering]

 

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What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Writers and Writing]

 

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What most men desire is a virgin who is a whore.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Lust]

 

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When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors.
~ Edward Dahlberg - [Writers and Writing]

 

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