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Fifth installment of Great Quotes.

I have not posted an update to this series in a while as I have felt the books I was reading were not always quote worthy. But as of yesterday I have made a collection I think you will enjoy.

I present to you Donald Davidson; Poet, Literary Critic, and antagonist to 'Northern Progress'. Davidson was a member of the Southern Agrarian literary movement and mainly focused on poetry.
I have read his "Regionalism and Nationalism in the United States" but was more impressed with his collection of short essays in "Still Rebels, Still Yankees", published in 1957.
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Without further ado.

"In the argument which I propose to develop in the field of literature I shall make only one concession- namely, that it is futile to argue with a Futurist who holds, as all Futurists do, that science and industrialism as they now exist are examples of the Inevitable" pg62

On the character of Farfrae in The Mayor of Casterbridge
"But Farfrae is an alien intruder, not a kinsman. A flair for public entertainment and skill in calculation- or, in other words, a "romantic" and, to Casterbridge folk. an exotic display of emotionalism, plus cold efficiency and success in business- these are the sources of Farfrae's popularity and his quick rise to power. It is a formula not far off from the bread and circuses of the Caesars and the televison-plus-social-security program of the modern Leviathan state." pg 74

On the origins of heroes.
"The Marxists, swept by the same flood, have shrewdly attempted to ride it. They have hoisted Lincoln's effigy to the masthead and invoked other sanctions and symbols from the American past. Their championship of the past cannot be accepted as sincere, since, once in power, they would lose no time in obliterating all traces of the past. But it is a testimony to the prestige of Lincoln's name that even the Marxists seek to invoke its magic. As never before, we are emphatically and affectionately self-conscious toward our history." pg 153

On materialism.
"The secret of Charleston's stability, if it was any secret, was only the old southern principle that material considerations, however important, are means not ends, and should always be subdued to the ends they are supposed to serve, should never be allowed to dominate, never be mistaken for ends in themselves. If they are mistaken for ends, they dominate everything, and then you get instability. You get the average modern city, you get New York and Detroit, you get industrial civilization, world wars, Marxist communism, the New Deal." pg 222

Still Rebels, Still Yankees.
"If New England encouraged man to believe in an ordered universe, Georgia- and a good deal of the South besides- compelled him to remember that there were snakes in Eden. Nature, so ingratiating and beautiful, which bound the Georgian to his land with a love both possessive and fearful, was a fair but dreadful mistress, unpredictable and uncontrollable as God. The New Englander knew exactly where to find nature harsh and nature yielding, and he could make his arrangements accordingly. But the Georgian never knew. His safest policy was to relax, and he readily developed a great degree of tolerance for irregularity in nature and man. At his lowest level, this quality made him lackadaisical and trifling. In this he differed from the New England Yankee, who became a perfectionist, and then at his worst might turn into a zealot, strangely intolerant even while, as an idealist, he argued for tolerance." pg 240

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