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    Edith Sitwell Quotes

    English biographer, critic, novelist, & poet

    Quotes by Edith Sitwell

    • Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
    • Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.
    • I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.
    • My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
    • The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.
    • My poems are hymns of praise to the glory of life.
      "Some notes on my poetry" Collected Poems, 1957
    • The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us by assuring us of the truth of an opinion we have already formed about ourselves.
      As quoted in The Last Years of a Rebel : A Memoir of Edith Sitwell by Elizabeth Salter, 1967
    • I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... But I am too busy thinking about myself.
      As quoted in The Observer (30 April 1950)
    • I'm afraid I'm being an awful nuisance.
      Her last words, as quoted in The Last Years of a Rebel : A Memoir of Edith Sitwell by Elizabeth Salter, 1967
    • I am an unpopular electric eel in a pool of catfish.
      Life magazine, 01-04-63
    • Poetry is the deification of reality.
      Life magazine, 01-04-63
    • Vulgarity is, in reality, nothing but a modern, chic, pert descendant of the goddess Dullness.
      Taken Care Of ,1965
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