Quickly Quotable #5

“A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.”
Edith Wharton (1862 – 1937)


About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, will be published November 2018 by Immortal Works Press. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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4 Responses to Quickly Quotable #5

  1. While this is undoubtedly (also) true, I think another way for something to become a classic is for it to survive the years we knew it as a child.

  2. nrhatch says:

    Reading this and Rik’s comment, I immediately think of Dr. Seuss:

    Cat in the Hat
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Oh, The Places You’ll Go
    Horton Hears A Who

    Charming tales that are both timeless and irrepressibly fresh!


    • tsuchigari says:

      Both very true, I love classic children’s books. Some of my favorites include Roald Dahl’s
      “Matilda” and E.B. White’s “Stuart Little” among many, many of others. (Yes, I know those should be underlined, the question is how?)

  3. But who is the judge? I have talked a bit about the essence of things dubbed “timeless,” or “ageless” (which could include “classic,” as well) in my blog in different posts: one entitled “The Art of Reading,” and the other “Haven’t We Always Been in Love?” The URL: http://reflectionsfromacloudymirror.blogspot.com/

    Hermeneutical perspective comes into play, and there is almost always disagreement over what can be judged as a classic, most particularly in its own time. Edith Wharton is correct only to a point, because what she deems classic, regardless of her expertise, is not always a universally shared opinion.

    BTW, YOU have a problem with not underlines in these comment spaces??? Just think of how I feel!

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