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Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful. ...
by A. R. Ammons

Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.
- A. R. Ammons

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

If the greatest god is the stillness all the motions add up to,
then we must ineluctably be included.
- A. R. Ammons

Once every five hundred years or so,
a summary statement about poetry comes along that we
can't imagine ourselves living without.
- A. R. Ammons

 

I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with -
the flood of articles,
theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.
- A. R. Ammons

If we ask a vague question, such as,
'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer,
such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,'
or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'
- A. R. Ammons

I take the walk to be the externalization of an interior
seeking so that the analogy is first of all between
the external and the internal.
- A. R. Ammons

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There's something to be said in favor of working in
isolation in the real world.
- A. R. Ammons

You have your identity when you find out,
not what you can keep your mind on, but what you can't keep your mind off.
- A. R. Ammons

The poet exposes himself to the risk.
All that has been said about poetry,
all that he has learned about poetry,
is only a partial assurance.
- A. R. Ammons

Only silence perfects silence.
- A. R. Ammons

Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers.
- A. R. Ammons

Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings,
to the unknown, and returns us to our rational,
structured selves refreshed.
- A. R. Ammons

If a poem is each time new, then it is necessarily an act of discovery,
a chance taken, a chance that may lead to fulfillment or disaster.
- A. R. Ammons

In nature there are few sharp lines.
- A. R. Ammons

For though we often need to be restored to the small,
concrete, limited, and certain, we as often need to
be reminded of the large,
vague, unlimited, unknown.
- A. R. Ammons

Is it not careless to become too local when there are
four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone.
- A. R. Ammons

Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value,
though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.
- A. R. Ammons

Each poem in becoming generates the laws by which it is generated:
extensions of the laws to other poems never completely take.
- A. R. Ammons

Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing,
but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.
- A. R. Ammons

A poem generated by its own laws may be unrealized
and bad in terms of so-called objective principles of taste,
judgement, deduction.
- A. R. Ammons

Even if you walk exactly the same route each time -
as with a sonnet -
the events along the route cannot be imagined to be
the same from day to day,
as the poet's health, sight, his anticipations,
moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same.
- A. R. Ammons

I can't tell you where a poem comes from,
what it is, or what it is for: nor can any other man.
The reason I can't tell you is that the purpose of
a poem is to go past telling,
to be recognised by burning.
- A. R. Ammons

I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity,
order, meaning, structure, rationality:
they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have,
and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change.
- A. R. Ammons

Besides the actual reading in class of many poems,
I would suggest you do two things: first,
while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it,
teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.
- A. R. Ammons

That's a wonderful change that's taken place,
and so most poetry today is published,
if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself,
working with his friends.
- A. R. Ammons

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- James Allen

A sin is anything you do which goes against yourself
- don Miguel Ruiz

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants,
and to serve them one's self?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We never NEED anything; we never NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anything Is Possible.
- Anonymous

Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
- Billy Graham

There is no short cut to achievement.
Life requires thorough preparation -
veneer isn't worth anything.
- George Washington Carver

You go against yourself when you
judge or blame yourself for anything
- don Miguel Ruiz

Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

Don't take anything personally.
- don Miguel Ruiz

If patience is worth anything,
it must endure to the end of time.
And a living faith will last
in the midst of the blackest storm.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Anyone who has never made a mistake,
has never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

Anger is an acid that can do more harm
to the vessel in which it is stored
than to anything on which it is poured.
- Mark Twain

Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it.
- Albert Einstein

If a warrior is to succeed at anything,
the success must come gently,
with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
- Carlos Castaneda

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo Galilei

Do not wish to be anything but what you are,
and try to be that perfectly.
- St. Francis De Sales

Progress is impossible without change,
and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- George Bernard Shaw

To love what you do and feel that it matters,
how on earth could anything be more fun.
- Katherine Graham

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it.
- Charles Buxton

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

You can do anything you put your mind to.
- Anonymous

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
- Lao Tzu

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

The Four Agreements
1.Be impeccable with your word.
2.Don't take anything personally.
3.Don't make assumptions.
4.Always do your best.
- don Miguel Ruiz

You can't do anything about the length of your life,
but you can do something about its width and depth.
- Evan Esar

If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.
- George Washington Carver

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

I am an optimist.
It does not seem too much use being anything else.
- Winston Churchill

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm
but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
- Albert Einstein

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We can do anything we want to
if we stick to it long enough.
- Helen Keller

We hardly ever realize that we can
cut anything out of our lives,
anytime, in the blink of an eye.
- Carlos Castaneda

It is hardly possible to build anything,
if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.
- Lech Walesa


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