Kenneth Burke Quotes

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The progress of human enlightenment can go no further than in picturing people not as vicious, but as mistaken.
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With my book in one hand And my drink in the other What more could I want But fame, Better health, And ten million dollars?
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Men seek for vocabularies that are reflections of reality. To this end, they must develop vocabularies that are selections of reality. And any selection of reality must, in certain circumstances, function as a deflection of reality.
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Speech in its essence is not neutral.
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...a writer without authority? Impossible. as Kenneth Burke says, creation implies authority in the sense of originator....
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John Geddes (A Familiar Rain)
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Ecology teaches us β€œthat the total economy of the planet cannot be guided by an efficient rationale of exploitation alone,” wrote Burke more than 70 years ago, β€œbut that the exploiting part must eventually suffer if it too greatly disturbs the balance of the whole.
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It's more complicated than that." TL in "The Rhetoric of Religion
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Every question selects a field of battle.
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Kenneth Burke (The Philosophy of Literary Form)
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Wherever there is persuasion, there is rhetoric, and wherever there is rhetoric, there is meaning.
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Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact, the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that no one present is qualified to retrace for you all the steps that had gone before. You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar. Someone answers; you answer him; another comes to your defense; another aligns himself against you, to either the embarrassment or gratification of your opponent. However, the discussion is interminable. The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress.
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Kenneth Burke (The Philosophy of Literary Form)
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In an artistic sense, cool came to refer to someone with a signature artistic style so integral as to exude an authentic mode-of-being in the world: Miles, Bogart, Brando, Eastwood, Greco, Elvis, Lady Day, Sinatra. Such a person created something from nothing and gave the world some new artistic or psychological 'equipment for living,' to use a phrase of Kenneth Burke's. A signature style is yours and can only be carried by you: it cannot be abstracted except through dilution and commodification since it reflects an individual's complex personal experience. In this sense, cool was 'making a dollar out of fifteen cents,' to pull another phrase from the Africa-American vernacular. Lester Young was once at a bar when a tenor saxophone solo floated out of the jukebox. 'That's me,' he said happily. As he listened his mood collapsed - he realized it was one of his many imitators. 'No, that's not me,' he said sadly. To steal someone else's sound or style and capitalize on it has always been un-cool, the pretense of posers.
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Joel Dinerstein (The Origins of Cool in Postwar America)