Our civilisation is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.
Sister Carrie (1900), ch. VIII
Oh, the moon is fair tonight along the Wabash, From the fields there comes the breath of new-mown hay; Through the sycamores the candle lights are gleaming On the banks of the Wabash, far away.Theodore Dreiser
The most futile thing in this world is any attempt, perhaps, at exact definition of character. All individuals are a bundle of contradictions none more so than the most capable.Theodore Dreiser
The Irish are a philosophic as well as a practical race. Their first and strongest impulse is to make the best of a bad situation to put a better face on evil than it normally wears.Theodore Dreiser
I acknowledge the Furies. I believe in them. I have heard the disastrous beating of their wings.Theodore Dreiser
If I were personally to define religion, I would say that it is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance.Theodore Dreiser
Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.Theodore Dreiser
Shakespeare, I come!Theodore Dreiser
Theodore Dreiser Should ought to write nicer.Theodore Dreiser
Dreiser wanted to write the next great American novel, and his desperation pervades [ Sister Carrie ] like an unsavory pit stain.Theodore Dreiser
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