Literary Birthday – 18 September – Christopher Ricks


Five Quotes

  1. I think the wish to disassociate from the cult of self is a good human impulse
  2. Geniuses are people who notice things and connections between things which others haven’t noticed. Genius must be a surprise.
  3. A great work of art is one that continues to repay attention.
  4. It is characteristic of true simplicity that there may radiate from its utmost directness a good many glinting things.
  5. When a language creates – as it does – a community within the present, it does so only by courtesy of a community between the present and the past.

Sir Christopher Bruce Ricks is a British literary critic and scholar. He is the author of Dylan’s Visions of SinMilton’s Grand Style, and Tennyson.

 by Amanda Patterson