Quotes of Epic

“ When I was an undergraduate I had very badly annotated editions of Shakespeare's sonnets, all of which left out the important fact that will has a sexual sense in Shakespeare's sonnets. ”

- Thom Gunn

“ The Legend of Zorro. ”

- Keanu Reeves

“ The poets of the present day who would raise the epic song cry out, like Archimedes of old, give us a place to stand on and we will move the world. This is, as we conceive, the true difficulty. ”

- Jones Very

“ We're in Manila. Come on, gorilla; this is a thriller. ”

- Joe Frazier

“ Thrillers are like life, more like life than you are; it's what we've all made of the world. ”

- Graham Greene

“ If I'm such a legend, then why am I so lonely? Let me tell you, legends are all very well if you've got somebody around who loves you. ”

- Judy Garland

“ I studied with Robert Morss Lovett, the great professor of epic literature. Another important influence was Ronald S. Crane, a professor of aesthetics at the University of Chicago. ”

- Marguerite Young

“ Eschew the monumental. Shun the epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones. ”

- Ernest Hemingway

“ The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world. ”

- C. S. Lewis

“ The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out. ”

- Walter Benjamin

“ Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past. ”

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

“ When you work in form, be it a sonnet or villanelle or whatever, the form is there and you have to fill it. And you have to find how to make that form say what you want to say. But what you find, always — I think any poet who's worked in form will agree with me — is that the form leads you to what you want to say. ”

- Ursula K. Le Guin

“ The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles. ”

- Anatole Broyard

“ All classes of people under social pressure are permeated with a common experience; they are emotionally welded as others cannot be. With them, even ordinary living has epic depth and lyric intensity, and this, their material handicap, is their spiritual advantage. ”

- Alain Locke

“ Work and thou canst escape the reward; whether the work be fine or course, planting corn or writing epics, so only it be honest work, done to thine own approbation, it shall earn a reward to the senses as well as to the thought. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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