"All good criticism should be judged the way art is. You shouldn't read it the way you read history or science."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Leslie Fiedler on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Leslie Fiedler on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Leslie Fiedler on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Leslie Fiedler on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Leslie Fiedler on Oscar Wilde
"I have, I admit, a low tolerance for detached chronicling and cool analysis."
"When I was 12 years old, someone took me to see Martha Graham. It was nothing like what I thought of as serious dancing and even then I knew I was having a great experience. It was as if somebody was moving through space like no one ever did before."
"Hemingway seems to be in a funny position. People nowadays can't identify with him closely as a member of their own generation, and he isn't yet historical."
"I think the pattern of my essays is, A funny thing happened to me on my way through Finnegans Wake."
"It's funny to be a critic."