Classic Quotes

[wpsm_quote author=”Alfred Kazin” float=”none” width=”100%”]A classic is a book that survives the circumstances that made it possible yet alone keeps those circumstances alive.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Clifton Fadiman” float=”none” width=”100%”]When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Edward Bulwer-Lytton” float=”none” width=”100%”]The classic literature is always modern.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Erica Jong” float=”none” width=”100%”]It is the nature of those books we call classics to wait patiently on the shelf for us to grow into them.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ezra Pound” float=”none” width=”100%”]A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gilbert K. Chesterton” float=”none” width=”100%”]Classic literature is still something that hangs in the air like a song.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gina Prince-Bythewood” float=”none” width=”100%”]A classic is a classic for a reason. Let’s try to create new classics. The idea of repeating ourselves drives me a little crazy.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Greenhaven Press” float=”none” width=”100%”]Classic fairy tales do not deny the existence of heartache and sorrow, but they do deny universal defeat.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Helena Bonham Carter” float=”none” width=”100%”]All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Italo Calvino” float=”none” width=”100%”]A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Italo Calvino” float=”none” width=”100%”]A classic is a work which persists as a background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jean-Louis Barrault” float=”none” width=”100%”]A classic is like a hidden treasure. Its core is buried under so many layers of varnish that it can be reached only by patience and infiltration.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Joe Bastianich” float=”none” width=”100%”]Classics can be phenomenal when done right. A simple roast chicken dish could be the best thing you ever eat.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”José Ortega y Gasset” float=”none” width=”100%”]There is but one way left to save a classic; to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Kacey Musgraves” float=”none” width=”100%”]A great song will be great forever – it’s timeless and classic in that way.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Leonard Maltin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Television is what made It’s a Wonderful Life the classic it is today.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lisa See” float=”none” width=”100%”]The classics tell us that, in relationships, the one between teacher and student comes second only to the one between parent and child.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Mark Twain” float=”none” width=”100%”]A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ned Rorem” float=”none” width=”100%”]Classic means standard as opposed to Romantic: form before meaning as opposed to meaning before form. It grows from inside out, while Romantic grows from outside in.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Orson Welles” float=”none” width=”100%”]There are a thousand ways of playing a good classic. If it were effective, I would play Hamlet on a trapeze.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ralph Waldo Emerson” float=”none” width=”100%”]Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Robert Ardrey” float=”none” width=”100%”]Classic is our daring, classic our cowardice. Classic is our cruelty, classic our charity.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Robert Gottlieb” float=”none” width=”100%”]Classics are constantly being re-imagined and transformed, and the originals are none the worse for it; they endure.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ruth Rendell” float=”none” width=”100%”]To be a classic, a novel should be original.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Scott Rudin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Classics stay alive because a great actor or a great director wants to do them.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Stephen Leacock” float=”none” width=”100%”]The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”W. E. B. Du Bois” float=”none” width=”100%”]A classic is a book that doesn’t have to be written again.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Woody Allen” float=”none” width=”100%”]You look up after many years and you find that a film has become a classic because it’s meaningful to people and alive, decade after decade.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Yelawolf” float=”none” width=”100%”]I just want to make a classic. Classic is the standard. I’m just trying to make music that will last a lifetime.[/wpsm_quote]