"I would say that there is no future for literary studies as such in the United States."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Harold Bloom on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Harold Bloom on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Harold Bloom on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Harold Bloom on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Harold Bloom on William Shakespeare
"But in the end, in the end one is alone. We are all of us alone. I mean I'm told these days we have to consider ourselves as being in society... but in the end one knows one is alone, that one lives at the heart of a solitude."
"We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar: that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough that we need to know ourselves better that we require knowledge, not just of self and others, but of the way things are."
"What we call a poem is mostly what is not there on the page. The strength of any poem is the poems that it has managed to exclude."
"Criticism in the universities, I'll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It's Stalinism without Stalin."
"The second, and I think this is the much more overt and I think it is the main cause, I have been increasingly demonstrating or trying to demonstrate that every possible stance a critic, a scholar, a teacher can take towards a poem is itself inevitably and necessarily poetic."