Quotes by Max Eastman

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Max Forrester Eastman (January 4, 1883March 25, 1969) was a leftist American writer, later famous as an anti-leftist. more

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A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.

A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.
Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.

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