Top 18 Highbrow Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Highbrow Quotes from famous people such as Melvyn Bragg, James Wolcott, Virginia Woolf, Michelle Dean, Adrian Edmondson, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Once, the arts were opera, ballet, classical music, and

Once, the arts were opera, ballet, classical music, and everything else deemed highbrow.
Melvyn Bragg
Slashing its way to the finish line, ‘Black Swan’ is the first ballet movie for highbrow horror fans for whom ballet itself signifies little to nothing. Those of us who know and love ballet can only look on it with a different kind of horror.
James Wolcott
There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.
Virginia Woolf
Podcast listening carries with it a faint aura of cultural snobbery, a notion that to cue up an episode is to do something highbrow and personally enriching, whether it’s a history lecture broadcast from a university or an amateur talk show recorded in someone’s garage.
Michelle Dean
I don’t claim that our TV comedies are highbrow in anyway, but I think there’s a basis to them, and that’s why they’re more popular than other TV comedies. There’s a basis of truth in them, a gut feeling.
Adrian Edmondson
The beautiful thing is I have sort of grown up. I don’t care if I’m highbrow or not anymore.
David Lagercrantz
Coming out of school, sometimes people can be theater snobs. I only wanted to do theater, highbrow stuff. But what I learned very quickly is there can be good material in every genre.
Wendell Pierce
The first two actors we cast were Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Because we started so highbrow, we were able to get anyone. Plus, some of these people have children, and their kids love ‘X-Men.’ They’ll do it because of them – that’s our little extra ace in the hole.
Lauren Shuler Donner
I’m not an especially highbrow person, but I have always loved small, quirky, edgy movies.
Diablo Cody
No highbrow literary type would ever say ‘Moby Dick’ is good but it’s just about a whale, or a Jane Austen would be important if she wasn’t just writing about romantic relationships.
Sophie Hannah
We must teach science in the mother tongue. Otherwise, science will become a highbrow activity. It will not be an activity in which all people can participate.
C. V. Raman
I can’t think of anything worse than calling Shakespeare ‘highbrow,’ because on the one hand, it’s brilliant writing. But his plays were popular. People went to see them.
Timothy Dalton
What’s great about teen fiction is that it’s all mixed up – there’s highbrow and lowbrow!
Kaui Hart Hemmings
I don’t see myself as particularly highbrow. I am much more populist.
David Slade
Eventually, my highbrow parents, who so hated the Eisenhower suburban culture of the 1950s that the only magazines they subscribed to were ‘The Atlantic’ and ‘The New Yorker,’ broke down and got ‘Life’ magazine.
Sally Mann
My father was highbrow: writing long biographies of Dante and stuff like that. Ghostwriting sportsman memoirs? That was sort of the lowest of the low.
David Lagercrantz
I’m not all that enthralled by show business, and I’m not that much of a highbrow.
Dick Cavett
I love opera. I love jazz, especially Mingus. This makes me sound highbrow. I’m not.
Phil Klay