Quotes by Richard Howard

"Folly is
so human that it has common roots with poetry and tragedy; it is
revealed as much in the insane asylum as in the writings of a
Cervantes or a Shakespeare, or in the deep psychological insights
and cries of revolt of a Nietzsche."

"... You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.
I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that has not much improved my opinion of them.
I am who I am and I have the need to be.
It is far more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself correctly, then you are truly a man of wisdom.
Straight ahead you can not go very far.
Grown-ups love figures... When you tell them you've made a new friend they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you "What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies? " Instead they demand "How old is he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make? " Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him. If you say to the grown-ups: 'I've seen a lovely house made of pink brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the rood', they are unable to picture such a house. You must say: I saw a house that come a hundred thousand francs.' Then they cry out: 'How pretty!'
One runs the risk of crying a bit if one allows oneself to be tamed."

"Life is what we see"


Books by Richard Howard

  • The Little Prince
  • 1,521,081 ratings
  • June 29th 2000 by Harcourt, Inc.

    (first published April 6th 1943)

  • Mythologies
  • 13,679 ratings
  • 2012 by Tantor Audio

    (first published 1957)

  • A Happy Death
  • 12,060 ratings
  • February 28th 2002 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 1971)

  • Nadja
  • 8,505 ratings
  • January 11th 1994 by Grove Press

    (first published 1928)

Richard Howard
  • Richard Howard

  • Date of birth: October 13, 1929
  • Born: in Cleveland, Ohio, The United States.