Sarah Churchwell Quotes


Art cannot perhaps impose order on life?but it teaches us to admire even the unruliest of revelations.

Racism is an effect of slavery not the other way around. Once slavery was abolished not only did racism not disappear neither did the economic system it upheld.

If history starts as a guest list it has a tendency to end like the memory of a drunken party: misheard blurred fragmentary.

Facts might be false if they challenge the conviction of a mind already made up.

Music - not just the lyrics but the music itself - expresses confused or illicit passions: rage lust envy frustration channeling these energies and creating an outlet for them.

Expression and thought are inextricably linked: crude language permits only crude thinking.

Sesame Street' was a pioneering educational T.V. show intended to help underprivileged children. But even those of us middle-class kids spoilt for pedagogical choice couldn't get enough of it.

Textbooks are no longer given to schoolchildren; they're too expensive. So they're given to the teachers who probably need them more.

People who are given whatever they want soon develop a sense of entitlement and rapidly lose their sense of proportion.

History is prone to mistakes in identity and facts are not always solid things.

History resembles a guest list in that sense of the invited and the gatecrashers: the people for whom we have been waiting and those whose presence takes us unawares.

There is nothing that 'Sesame Street' can't teach you if you let it.