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Quotes of the day: Tom Wolfe, Jr.

Published Sunday, March 02, 2014 @ 4:01 AM EST
Mar 02 2014

Thomas Kennerly "Tom" Wolfe, Jr. (b. March 2, 1931) is an American author and journalist, best known for his association and influence over the New Journalism literary movement in which literary techniques are used in objective, even-handed journalism. Beginning his career as a reporter he soon became one of the most culturally significant figures of the sixties after the publication of books such as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a highly experimental account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and his collections of articles and essays, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. His first novel entitled The Bonfire of the Vanities, released in 1987, was met with critical acclaim and was a great commercial success. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A cult is a religion with no political power.

A lie may fool someone else, but it tells you the truth: you're weak.

Criminal law is a thing unto itself, because the stakes are not money but human life and human freedom, and I tell you, that sets off a lot of crazy emotions.

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.

Don't confuse the water with the pump.

For the debut of Las Vegas as a resort in 1946, Bugsy Siegel hired Abbot and Costello, and there, in a way, you have it all.

Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it, I can't see a painting.

I never forget. I never forgive. I can wait. I find it very easy to harbor a grudge. I have scores to settle.

I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.

If a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged, a liberal is a conservative who's been arrested.

If you label it this, then it can't be that.

It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.

Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America- that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.

Sometimes we don't even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.

That's mostly what the Internet is, just passing the time. But unfortunately you are dealing with words that can have meaning.

The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion.

The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.

The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.

We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past.

You can be denounced from the heavens, and it only makes people interested.

You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes.

You're either on the bus or off the bus.

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