Norman O. Brown, fully Norman Oliver Brown

Norman O.
Brown, fully Norman Oliver Brown
1913
2002

American Classicist Philosopher

Author Quotes

History is the enactment of ritual on a permanent and universal stage; and its perpetual commemoration.

I perceive a necessary gap between seeing and being. I would not be able to have said certain things if I had been under the obligation to unify the word and the deed. As it is I can let my words reach out and net impossible things - things that are impossible for me to do. And this is a way to pay the price for saying or seeing things.

I want to write epic poems disguised as novels.

I've been impressed by the extent to which one gets sentenced by one's own sentences. One explores certain things in play and then in a strange way they become commitments which one has to live. I have gained a deep respect for the demonic power of the word. Words are not idle. They have consequences.

Listing what body parts he has broken.

Love without attachment is light.

Meaning is not in things but in between them.

My skull, my eyes, my nose three times, my jaw, my shoulder, my chest, two fingers, a knee, everything from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet.

Personality is the original personal property.

Resisting madness is the maddest way of being mad.

The human body is not a thing or substance, given, but a continuous creation. The human body is an energy system which is never a complete structure; never static; is in perpetual inner self-construction and self-destruction; we destroy in order to make it new.

The insane do not share the normal prejudice in favor of external reality.

The money complex is the demonic, and the demonic is God's ape; the money complex is therefore the heir to and substitute for the religious complex, an attempt to find God in things.

The Pentecostal darkness: the sun shall be turned to darkness. To overcome the opposition of darkness and light, cleanliness and dirt, order and chaos, the marriage of heaven and hell (a concept borrowed from the heterodox mystic William Blake). To seduce the world to madness.

All currency is neurotic currency.

There is no breakthrough without breakage.

Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.

Utopian speculations ... must come back into fashion. They are a way of affirming faith in the possibility of solving problems that seem at the moment insoluble. Today even the survival of humanity is a utopian hope.

The view only changes for the lead dog.

The dynamics of capitalism is postponement of enjoyment to the constantly postponed future.

I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property.

In its famous paradox, the equation of money and excrement, psychoanalysis becomes the first science to state what common sense and the poets have long known - that the essence of money is in its absolute worthlessness

What is always speaking silently is the body.

What education does is to put a series of filters over your awareness so that year by year... you experience less and less.

Author Picture
First Name
Norman O.
Last Name
Brown, fully Norman Oliver Brown
Birth Date
1913
Death Date
2002
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American Classicist Philosopher