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Judith Flanders

  • Good art shows us what we see; great art makes the invisible visible, illuminating what we otherwise fail to notice.

    • Judith Flanders,
    • in Times Literary Supplement ()
  • ... families, and homes, have always been in flux, evolving to meet the needs and circumstances of each era. The only permanency has been our belief that there is one unchanging reality, perhaps the strongest and most comforting myth of all.

  • The] past, reimagined as a slower, gentler place, a world of tight-knit communities, social cohesion and charming rural pastimes, was contrasted to the present's new, fractured, urban style of living. Nostalgia became not a longing for a lost place, but for a lost time, either of the nostalgic's own childhood, when things had been less complicated, or, more broadly, of society's childhood, an imaginary past.

  • The last refuge of the intelligentsia: when life gets too difficult, go find something to read.

  • Vain people can't bear to be crossed. They are the center of their world, and if circumstances don't allow the world to meet their needs, then the circumstances need to be changed. Their actions appear proportionate to them because any situation where their needs aren't being met is an affront.

Judith Flanders, Canadian-English historian, writer

(1959)