"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Leslie Fiedler on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Leslie Fiedler on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Leslie Fiedler on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Leslie Fiedler on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Leslie Fiedler on Mark Twain
"All good criticism should be judged the way art is. You shouldn't read it the way you read history or science."
"I have, I admit, a low tolerance for detached chronicling and cool analysis."
"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."