Nelson Algren

1909 - 1981

A Quote by Nelson Algren on judgment, necessity, and responsibility

The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man.

Nelson Algren (1909 - 1981)

Source: Preface to Chicago: City on the Make, 1951.

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A Quote by Nelson Algren

I went out there [Hollywood] for a thousand a week, and I worked Monday, and I got fired Wednesday. The guy that hired me was out of town Tuesday.

Nelson Algren (1909 - 1981)

Source: Writers at Work, First Series, ed. by Malcolm Cowley, 1958.

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A Quote by Nelson Algren on belief, impossibility, love, meaning, and risk

The Impossible Generalized Man is the critic who believes in loving those unworthy of love as well as those worthy - yet believes this only insofar as no personal risk is entailed. Meaning he loves no one, worthy or no. This is what makes him impossible.

Nelson Algren (1909 - 1981)

Source: Notes from a Sea Diary: Hemingway All the Way, "Prefatory," 1966.

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A Quote by Nelson Algren on challenge, conscience, humanity, and literature

Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.

Nelson Algren (1909 - 1981)

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A Quote by Nelson Algren on sleep, trouble, and women

Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.

Nelson Algren (1909 - 1981)

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A Quote by Nelson Algren on men

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The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.

Nelson Algren (1909 - 1981)

Source: Interview in Writers at Work, ed. Malcolm Cowley, 1958.

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A Quote by Nelson Algren on play

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Never play cards with a man called Doc.

Nelson Algren (1909 - 1981)

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A Quote by Nelson Algren

Never eat in a place called Mom's.

Nelson Algren (1909 - 1981)

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