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There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind.
by Anne Stevenson

There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind.
That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
- Anne Stevenson

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings -
about human feelings and frailties.
- Anne Stevenson

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

Sylvia Plath was just a month and a half older than I,
and when she committed suicide I was only 30 -
and very shocked and sorry.
I never knew her personally.
- Anne Stevenson

 

I like rhyme because it is memorable,
I like form because having to work to a pattern gives me original ideas.
- Anne Stevenson

I married a young Englishman in Cambridge in 1955 and
have lived in Britain every since.
- Anne Stevenson

Yes, I do often write poems from the mind,
but I hope I don't ignore feelings and emotions.
- Anne Stevenson

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When everything is for 'fun' nothing is for the good.
- Anne Stevenson

I think a poet, like a painter, should be a craftsperson.
- Anne Stevenson

Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
- Anne Stevenson

I dislike literary jargon and never use it.
Criticism has only one function and that is to help
readers read and understand literature.
It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
- Anne Stevenson

I don't like poetry that just slaps violent words on a canvas,
as it were.
- Anne Stevenson

I am now seventy, rather glad, really,
that I won't live to see the horrors to come in the 21st century.
- Anne Stevenson

Blake has always been a favorite, the lyrics,
not so much the prophetic books, but I suppose Yeats
influenced me more as a young poet,
and the American, Robert Frost.
- Anne Stevenson

I write, or used to write, to explain to myself situations
I couldn't otherwise solve or understand.
Meditation comes very naturally to me.
- Anne Stevenson

I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature.
- Anne Stevenson

I'm not really quiet or shy.
Ask any of my friends!
But I always ground my poetry in life itself.
Poetry is an art of language, though,
so I am always aware of every word's meaning,
or multiple meanings.
- Anne Stevenson

I work very hard on all my poems, but most of the work
consists of trying not to sound as if I had worked.
I try to make them sound as natural as possible,
but within a quite strict form, which to my ears has
a lot to do with musical rhythm and sound.
- Anne Stevenson

I play with language a great deal in my poems,
and I enjoy that.
I try to condense language, that is,
I try to express complicated but I hope real emotions as simply as possible.
But that doesn't mean the poems are simple,
just that they are as truthful as I can make them.
- Anne Stevenson

My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today,
perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy.
But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary,
no one enjoys laughing more than I do.
- Anne Stevenson

I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to
explain to myself and others the complexities of a
marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive
of poetry and then ended in tragedy.
- Anne Stevenson

I have always made my own rules, in poetry as in life -
though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family.
I do, however, believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless.
- Anne Stevenson

Peter Lucas and I live in Durham but spend a great of time in North Wales,
where we have a cottage in the mountains,
and in Vermont, USA, with my sister -
who is a children's writer married to a poet.
- Anne Stevenson

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long range
risks of comfortable inaction.
- John F. Kennedy

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer
is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Working at a job you hate is unlikely
to bring you either happiness or success.
Do what you love. You are far more likely to gain success -
recognition and financial reward - if you are working
at something that inspires and excites you.
And, whether wealth follows or not, you will be happy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

From far beyond this life,
I hear the call.
From place beyond all place,
I feel the call.
From time before all time,
I know the call.
From one before all ones,
I am the call.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship,
and it is far the best ending for one.
- Oscar Wilde

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

As far as we can discern,
the sole purpose of human existence
is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
- Carl Jung

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

The Answers of Spirit are far more powerful
than the Questions of our small minds.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

How far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When life offers you a dream so far
beyond any of your expectations,
it's not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

It is far more impressive when others
discover your good qualities without your help.
- Judith Martin

I never saw a discontented tree.
They grip the ground as though they liked it,
and though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.
- John Muir

Life is far too important a thing
ever to talk seriously about.
- Oscar Wilde

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- John Muir

It is a mistake to look too far ahead.
Only one link in the chain of destiny
can be handled at a time.
- Winston Churchill

Little do men perceive what solitude is,
and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.
- Francis Bacon

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness,
and the word happy would lose its meaning
if it were not balanced by sadness.
It is far better take things as they come along
with patience and equanimity.
- Carl Jung

In soloing - as in other activities -
it is far easier to start something
than it is to finish it.
- Amelia Earhart

The physician can bury his mistakes,
but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines -
so they should go as far as possible from home
to build their first buildings.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far
better company than the average adult.
- John B. S. Haldane

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.
- Henry Ward Beecher

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider,
every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
- Martin Luther

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the
refrigerator are so far apart,
some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
- Joey Adams

It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got even with him.
- Olin Miller

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

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

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

Lose not yourself in a far off time,
seize the moment that is thine.
- Friedrich Schiller

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese

The price of every thing rises and falls from time
to time and place to place;
and with every such change the purchasing power of
money changes so far as that thing goes.
- Alfred Marshall

As far as the laws of mathematics
refer to reality, they are not certain,
and as far as they are certain,
they do not refer to reality.
- Albert Einstein

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.
- Knute Rockne


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