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Wallace Stevens Quote of the Day

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Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
- Wallace Stevens

Related topics: Nature

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

The imagination is man's power over nature.
- Wallace Stevens

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
- Wallace Stevens

 

Reality is not what it is.
It consists of the many realities which it can be made into.
- Wallace Stevens

If some really acute observer made as much of egotism
as Freud has made of sex,
people would forget a good deal about sex and find
the explanation for everything in egotism.
- Wallace Stevens

One's ignorance is one's chief asset.
- Wallace Stevens


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How full of trifles everything is!
It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.
- Wallace Stevens

Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration
itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.
- Wallace Stevens

Our bloom is gone.
We are the fruit thereof.
- Wallace Stevens

A poem need not have a meaning and like most things
in nature often does not have.
- Wallace Stevens

In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the
images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
- Wallace Stevens

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.
- Wallace Stevens

The day of the sun is like the day of a king.
It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon,
a pageant in the evening.
- Wallace Stevens

Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers
than to go along with them.
- Wallace Stevens

After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes
the future of the world hangs.
- Wallace Stevens

New York is a field of tireless and antagonistic interests
undoubtedly fascinating but horribly unreal.
Everybody is looking at everybody else a foolish crowd walking on mirrors.
- Wallace Stevens

It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars,
who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
- Wallace Stevens

The fire burns as the novel taught it how.
- Wallace Stevens

What our eyes behold may well be the text of life but
one's meditations on the text and the disclosures of
these meditations are no less a part of the structure of reality.
- Wallace Stevens

The point of vision and desire are the same.
- Wallace Stevens

Money is a kind of poetry.
- Wallace Stevens

The most beautiful thing in the world is,
of course, the world itself.
- Wallace Stevens

The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire.
- Wallace Stevens

It can never be satisfied, the mind,
never.
- Wallace Stevens

The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.
- Wallace Stevens

Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature
than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
- Wallace Stevens

If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations,
the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself,
it might rival it in distribution.
- Wallace Stevens

As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
- Wallace Stevens

The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists.
The poet merely enjoys existence.
- Wallace Stevens

One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there
are so many more important things to be.
- Wallace Stevens

The poet is the priest of the invisible.
- Wallace Stevens

In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature.
- Wallace Stevens

Everything is complicated; if that were not so,
life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
- Wallace Stevens

The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.
- Wallace Stevens

Thought is an infection.
In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
- Wallace Stevens

We say God and the imagination are one...
How high that highest candle lights the dark.
- Wallace Stevens

Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her,
alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires.
- Wallace Stevens

To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life,
and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice.
We live in the mind.
- Wallace Stevens

I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections,
Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling,
Or just after.
- Wallace Stevens

The genuine artist is never "true to life."
He sees what is real,
but not as we are normally aware of it.
We do not go storming through life like actors in a play.
Art is never real life.
- Wallace Stevens

Style is not something applied.
It is something that permeates.
It is of the nature of that in which it is found,
whether the poem, the manner of a god,
the bearing of a man.
It is not a dress.
- Wallace Stevens

Most people read poetry listening for echoes because
the echoes are familiar to them.
They wade through it the way a boy wades through water,
feeling with his toes for the bottom:
The echoes are the bottom.
- Wallace Stevens

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

No one has ever become poor by giving.
- Anne Frank

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

Who, being loved, is poor?
- Oscar Wilde

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors.
I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and
am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
- Winston Churchill

I try to give to the poor people for love
what the rich could get for money.
No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds;
yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
- Mother Teresa

The poor don't know that their function in life is
to exercise our generosity.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself.
Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor
for helping us to love God better because of them.
- Mother Teresa

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man.
Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
- Charles Edwards

Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings.
- Horace

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

But, alas!
what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have
a higher Design than to get her a Husband?
- Mary Astell

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
- Henry Ford

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Francis Bacon

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence,
to live as if he were poor.
- William Temple

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

I love this work I do.
It's a privilege to serve the poor.
- Bono

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
- Lewis Carroll

When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.
- Evita Peron

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith


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