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George Steiner

Read through the most famous quotes from George Steiner

Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity

— George Steiner


We speak in (rich) monotones. Our poetry is haunted by the music it has left behind. Orpheus shrinks to a poet when he looks back, with the impatience of reason, on a music stronger than death.

— George Steiner

#poetry #death

The whispers of shared ecstasy are choral.

— George Steiner

#ecstasy #whisper #grammar

If, in the Judaic perception, the language of the Adamic was that of love, the grammars of fallen man are those of the legal code.

— George Steiner

#kafka #laws #love #love

The age of the book is almost gone.

— George Steiner

#almost #book #gone

The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.

— George Steiner

#biographies #domestic #gray #human #immense

The journalistic vision sharpens to the point of maximum impact every event, every individual and social configuration; but the honing is uniform.

— George Steiner

#event #every #honing #impact #individual

Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.

— George Steiner

#language #larger #meaningfully #much #only

The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light.

— George Steiner

#genius #light #man #ordinary #ordinary man

There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.

— George Steiner

#noise #something #terribly #wrong

About George Steiner

Did you know about George Steiner?

" They later married in 1955 the year he received his PhD from Oxford University. Awards and honors
George Steiner has received many honors including:
A Rhodes Scholarship (1950)
A Guggenheim Fellowship (1971–72)
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French Government (1984)
The Morton Dauwen Zaubel Prize from The American Academy of Arts and Letters (1989)
The King Albert Medal by the Belgian Academy Council of Applied Sciences
An honorary fellow of Balliol College at the University of Oxford (1995)
The Truman Capote Lifetime Achievement Award by Stanford University (1998)
The Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities (2001)
Fellowship of the British Academy
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts
Honorary Doctorate of Literature degrees from:
University of East Anglia (1976)
University of Leuven (1980)
Mount Holyoke College (1983)
Bristol University (1989)
University of Glasgow (1990)
University of Liège (1990)
University of Ulster (1993)
Durham University (1995)
Queen Mary University of London (2006)
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna (2006)
Honoris Causa - Faculty of Letters - University of Lisbon (2009)

He has also won numerous awards for his fiction and poetry including:
Remembrance Award (1974) for Language and Silence: Essays 1958-1966. Steiner's first formal education took place at the Lycée Janson-de-Sailly in Paris.

" Harriet Harvey-Wood a former literature director of the British Council saw him as a "magnificent lecturer – prophetic and doom-laden [who would] turn up with half a page of scribbled notes and never refer to them. An article in The Guardian described Steiner as a "polyglot and polymath" saying that he is "often credited with recasting the role of the critic". S.

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