Guy Davenport Quotes

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Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny. -Guy Davenport
Originality houses many rooms, and the views from the windows are all different. -Guy Davenport
Art is always the replacement of indifference by attention. -Guy Davenport
A work of art is a form that articulates forces, making them intelligible. -Guy Davenport
Imagination is like the drunk man who lost his watch and must get drunk again to find it. -Guy Davenport
I was thought to be retarded as a child, and all the evidence indicates that I was. -Guy Davenport
There's nothing like being a soldier for confidence or learning your limits or enduring utter humiliation. -Guy Davenport
I am not writing for scholars or fellow critics, but for people who like to read, to look at pictures, and to know things. -Guy Davenport
I never intended to be a teacher. I just like going to school and learning things. -Guy Davenport
The real use of imaginative reading is precisely to suspend one's mind in the workings of another sensibility. -Guy Davenport
Art knows neither doctrine nor idea; its nature is to show. -Guy Davenport
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