|In theoretical work as in art, I value only the simple, the tranquil and the bold.|
|Rereading your book has made me regretfully aware of our increasing age. How freshly passionate, with what bold anticipations, and without learned and systematic, scholarly doubts, is the thing dealt with here . . . compared with which the later "gray on gray" makes a damned unpleasant contrast.|
Marx to Engels (in 1863) about the latter's Condition of the Working Class in England:
From Alvin W. Gouldner, The Two Marxisms. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980, Part 3 - "Paradigms and Anomalies in Marxism - The Ordeal of Aborted Creativity," p. 287.
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