"By the general process of epic poetry, I mean the way this form of art has constantly responded to the profound needs of the society in which it was made."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Lascelles Abercrombie on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Lascelles Abercrombie on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Lascelles Abercrombie on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Lascelles Abercrombie on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Lascelles Abercrombie on Mahatma Gandhi
"The Border Ballads, for instance, and the Robin Hood Ballads, clearly suppose a state of society which is nothing but a very circumscribed and not very important heroic age."
"The balance of private good and general welfare is at the bottom of civilized morals but the morals of the Heroic Age are founded on individuality, and on nothing else."
"The reason can only be this: heroic poetry depends on an heroic age, and an age is heroic because of what it is, not because of what it does."
"Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life."
"But the gravest difficulty, and perhaps the most important, in poetry meant solely for recitation, is the difficulty of achieving verbal beauty, or rather of making verbal beauty tell."