Brooks Atkinson

(Justin Brooks Atkinson)

Brooks Atkinson
Brooks Atkinson
  • Born: November 28, 1894
  • Died: January 14, 1984
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Theatre Critic, War Correspondent









Justin Brooks Atkinson was an American theatre critic. He worked for The New York Times from 1925 to 1960. In his obituary, the Times called him "the theater's most influential reviewer of his time." A war correspondent during World War II, he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 for his work as the Moscow correspondent for the Times.

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Every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them. History
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work. Religion & God
People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know. Religion & God
The perfect bureaucrat … is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility. Bureaucracy
We need supermen to rule us .... But alas there are no supermen. Leaders & Leadership
After each war there is a little less democracy to save. War & Peace
Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.
Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. Religion & God
Good plays drive bad playgoers crazy.
In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them. Time
It seems not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life. It is the basic truth. Truth ;Life
It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Literature, Writers & Writing
The most fatal illusion is the narrow point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one. Life
There is no joy so great as that of reporting that a good play has come to town.

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