Quotes of Crank

“ A crank is someone with a new idea — until it catches on. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Just as every conviction begins as a whim so does every emancipator serve his apprenticeship as a crank. A fanatic is a great leader who is just entering the room. ”

- Heywood Broun

“ The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. ”

- Mark Twain

“ I think this country needs a higher crank-up of democracy now. Louder, more boisterous democracy would be better for us right now. ”

- Matthew

“ A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. ”

- Mark Twain

“ American "energy" is the energy of violence, of free-floating resentment and anxiety unleashed by chronic cultural dislocations which must be, for the most part, ferociously sublimated. This energy has mainly been sublimated into crude materialism and acquisitiveness… ”

- Susan Sontag

“ Cranks live by theory, not by pure desire. They want votes, peace, nuts, liberty, and spinning looms not because they love these things, as a child loves jam, but because they think they ought to have them. That is one element which makes the crank. ”

- Rose Macaulay

“ I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it… ”

- Cyril Connolly

“ The difference between the Paleo-cranks and the Commie-cranks is that the Communists are in love with an America in the future that's designed in their image and the Paleos are in love with the America of the 18th Century. That's the difference, but they share a common attitude towards America as it exists today. ”

- David Horowitz

“ Librarians, Dusty, possess a vast store of politeness. These are people who get asked regularly the dumbest questions on God's green earth. These people tolerate every kind of crank and eccentric and mouth-breather there is. ”

- Garrison Keillor
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