Martin Amis Quotes

One wonders how the literary revisionists and canon cleansers can bear to take the money. Imagine a school of sixteenth century art criticism that spent its time contently jeering at the past for not knowing about perspective.

Martin Amis

Laughter always forgives.

Martin Amis

Money doesnt mind if we say its evil, it goes from strength to strength. Its a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.

Martin Amis

Style is not neutral; it gives moral directions.

Martin Amis

PC is low, low church it is the lowest common denomination.

Martin Amis

On any longer view, man is only fitfully committed to the rational to thinking, seeing, learning, knowing. Believing is what he's really proud of.

Martin Amis

I am secular to the bones, but not an atheist.

Martin Amis

Literary criticism, now almost entirely confined to the universities, thus moves against talent by moving against the canon. Academic preferment will not come from a respectful study of Wordsworth's poetics; it will come from a challenging study of his politics - his attitude to the poor, say, or his unconscious 'valorization' of Napoleon; and it will come still faster if you ignore Wordsworth and elevate some (justly) neglected contemporary, by which process the canon may be quietly and steadily sapped.

Martin Amis
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