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Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing,
by 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

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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

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Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Only silence perfects silence.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

Being wakeful in each and every moment of your life is meditation.
The simplest definition of meditation is:
when seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear.
- Josh Baran

My definition of success is to live your life in a way
that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain -
and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel
a lot more pleasure than they do pain.
- Tony Robbins

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

A working definition of Honor is,
"respect or esteem that has been earned."
Contemplate that for a moment.
It would be very special to earn the respect and esteem
of our family, our friends, our co-workers, our community, wouldn't it?
If anything, it is of even more moment to honor yourself.
Those who are successful and happy earn their own
self-respect and self-esteem.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Truth cannot be defined,
although it can certainly be experienced.
But experience is not a definition.
A definition is made by the mind,
experience comes through participating.
If somebody asks, "What is a dance?" how can you define it?
But you can dance and you can know the inner feel of it.
God is the ultimate dance.
- Osho

Definition of a Statistician: A man who believes figures don't lie,
but admits than under analysis some of them won't stand up either.
- Evan Esar

There is no definition of beauty, but when you can
see someone's spirit coming through,
something unexplainable, that's beautiful to me.
- Liv Tyler

It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority.
By definition, there are already enough people to do that.
- G. H. Hardy

God...
a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
- Ayn Rand

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast
possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov

People are pretty much alike.
It's only that our differences are more susceptible
to definition than our similarities.
- Linda Ellerbee

For in reason, all government without the consent of
the governed is the very definition of slavery.
- Jonathan Swift

Definition of Statistics: The science of producing
unreliable facts from reliable figures.
- Evan Esar

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically,
by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
- Gore Vidal

One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal.
Soon we'll need a new definition.
- Alvin Toffler

Let me give you a definition of ethics:
It is good to maintain and further life
it is bad to damage and destroy life.
- Albert Schweitzer

Never be bullied into silence.
Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
Accept no one's definition of your life;
define yourself.
- Harvey Fierstein

Not only is women's work never done,
the definition keeps changing.
- Bill Copeland

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

Having federal officials, whether judges,
bureaucrats, or congressmen, impose a new definition
of marriage on the people is an act of social engineering
profoundly hostile to liberty.
- Ron Paul

Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech.
Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection.
- Neal Boortz

I will give you a definition of a proud man:
he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled
with hatreds cannot be vain,
neither can he be wise.
- John Keats

The historian is, by definition, absolutely incapable
of observing the facts which he examines.
- Marc Bloch

Our lifestyle, our wildlife, our land and our water
remain critical to our definition of Wyoming and to our economic future.
- Dave Freudenthal

The definition of a beautiful woman is one who loves me.
- Sloan Wilson

I am told that the clinical definition of insanity
is the tenancy to do the same thing over and over again
and expect different results.
- Stephen F. Lynch

A prayer in its simplest definition is merely a wish turned Godward.
- Phillips Brooks

No one is above the law, not even the president.
I believe perjury does meet at least the definition of high misdemeanor.
- Nancy Johnson

Forty-five States, as the gentleman just said,
have determined by people that were elected by the
people of that State that marriage is the definition
of one man and one woman.
- Randy Neugebauer

To me the definition of true masculinity -
and femininity,
too - is being able to lay in your own skin comfortably.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Liberals subscribe to the new flexible,
pluralistic definition of the family;
their defense of families carries no conviction.
- Christopher Lasch

Personally, I don't like the term 'success.'
It's too arbitrary and too relative a thing.
It's usually someone else's definition,
not yours.
- Ichiro Suzuki

Democrats' definition of "rich" - always seems to be
set just above whatever the salary happens to be for a member of Congress.
Perhaps that says it all.
- Steve Steckler

I like the theatre because you paint with broad strokes.
To me the theatre is stretching its definition really far.
- Ajay Naidu

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct,
not to law.
Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.
- Albert Camus

My old teacher's definition of poetry is an attempt to understand.
- Thom Gunn

My definition of a redundancy is an air-bag in a politician's car.
- Larry Hagman

Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake,
matters become political by definition,
for speech is what makes man a political being.
- Hannah Arendt

It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that
he is one who never inflicts pain.
- John Henry Newman

The definition of the individual was:
a multitude of one million divided by one million.
- Arthur Koestler

We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity.
Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.
- Ben Okri

Making this movie was a great opportunity for me to explore high-definition.
I'm glad I got to see what the challenges are,
what makes it better.
It works wonderfully.
- Debbie Allen

The accepted definition of a serial killer is a person
who kills at least three times with a cooling off period in between his murders.
- Pat Brown

If we change the definition of marriage to be more inclusive,
then it is logical to argue that we should broaden
the definition so that won't exclude anyone.
- Jack Kingston


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