Brendan Gill Quotes (8 quotations)

1. I will try to cram these paragraphs full of facts and give them a weight and shape no greater than that of a cloud of blue butterflies. - Brendan Gill

2. If it were better, it wouldn't be as good. - Brendan Gill

3. It is in the nature of the New Yorker to be as topical as possible, on a level that is often small in scale and playful in intention. - Brendan Gill

4. Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. - Brendan Gill

5. Of plays by authors of high reputation and of the most serious dramaturgic intentions. [The Iceman Cometh] is the most boring play ever written. [But] immediately after The Iceman Cometh, O'Neill sat down and wrote "Long Day's Journey Into Night". It is easily the greatest play written in English in my lifetime. - Brendan Gill

6. Parody is homage gone sour. - Brendan Gill

7. Questioning a comma, he will shake his head and say in his soft voice that he realizes perfectly well what a lot of time and thought have gone into the comma and that in the ordinary course of events he would be the first to say that the comma was precisely the form of punctuation that he would have been most happy to encounter at that very place in the sentence, but isn't there the possibility-oh, only the remotest one, to be sure, and yet perhaps worth considering for a moment in the light of the care already bestowed on the construction-that the sentence could be made to read infinitesimally more clearly if, say, instead of a comma a semicolon were to be inserted at just that point? - Brendan Gill

8. The guns of the big events rumble through our pages, but the tiny firecrackers are constantly hissing and popping there as well; it appears that much of my life as a journalist has been devoted to sedulously setting off firecrackers. - Brendan Gill

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