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I got married, other people went off.
by Kenneth Koch

I got married, other people went off.
We had sort of another public-we were our entire readership for many years,
and we were very excited by each other.
- Kenneth Koch

When you finish a poem, it clicks shut like the top of a jewel box,
but prose is endless.
I haven't experienced an awful lot of clicking shut!
- Kenneth Koch

The subject matter of the stories on the surface...
there seem to be a number of stories about travel.
- Kenneth Koch

I was excited by what my painter friends were doing,
and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too,
and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world.
- Kenneth Koch

 

It takes a long time to publish a book.
- Kenneth Koch

Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.
- Kenneth Koch

It's a well known thing that ordinary perceptions can
have a strange aspect when one is travelling.
- Kenneth Koch

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Some of the French surrealists at the beginning of
the war had come over to New York and they brought out this magazine.
It was a big, glossy magazine full of surrealist things.
- Kenneth Koch

Picasso said once when being interviewed that one should
not be one's own connoisseur.
- Kenneth Koch

It's enormously cheering to get a good review by someone
who seems to understand your work.
- Kenneth Koch

I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
- Kenneth Koch

I've had trouble with criticism, I guess.
It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either
encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.
- Kenneth Koch

It seems everything is so full of possibilities one
can hardly take it all in.
- Kenneth Koch

I certainly have the feeling that I'm the same person
even though I've changed a great deal.
- Kenneth Koch

I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting
as were thousands of other people,
and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write,
but it's not.
- Kenneth Koch

As for political poetry, as it's usually defined,
it seems there's very little good political poetry.
- Kenneth Koch

I'm a writer who likes to be influenced.
- Kenneth Koch

Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good
deal of irony in the world...
I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising,
there's obviously a lot of deception.
- Kenneth Koch

I love painting and music, of course.
I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry.
I've certainly been influenced by fiction.
I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it,
and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s.
- Kenneth Koch

As I look over my work, I mean every time I look over my early work,
I see, yes, I could do that then and then I could do that and that...
That may be the hardest thing for a writer,
at least for a poet, to tell what the identity of his work is.
- Kenneth Koch

Once I start writing about something,
it goes off rather fast, and sometimes details which
might be interesting such as what the room looked like
or what somebody said that was not exactly on the same
subject tend to get lost.
- Kenneth Koch

Politics is there the way men and women are there,
the way the Atlantic Ocean is there.
Sometimes I've written about politics specifically,
I mean about politics as it's understood on television and in newspapers.
- Kenneth Koch

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
My family was not nationally known as being a literary family,
though my mother and my mother's side of the family
in general were interested in literature.
- Kenneth Koch

I wonder if I ever thought of an ideal reader...
I guess when I was in my 20s and in New York and maybe even in my early 30s,
I would write for my wife Janice...
mainly for my poet friends and my wife,
who was very smart about poetry.
- Kenneth Koch

There comes a time when the mind
takes a higher plane of knowledge
but can never prove how it got there.
- Albert Einstein

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best."
You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
- John Lennon

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
- Lewis Carroll

Every time you hear a bell ring,
it means that some angel's just got his wings.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you always got.
- Mark Twain

If you want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

If we want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.
- Mother Teresa

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend.
- Bill Watterson

It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline
when you're a winner, when you're number one.
What you've got to have is faith and discipline
when you're not yet a winner.
- Vince Lombardi

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

You're just left with yourself all the time,
whatever you do anyway.
You've got to get down to your
own God in your own temple.
It's all down to you, mate.
- John Lennon

None of us got where we are solely by
pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.
- Thurgood Marshall

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.
You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself.
You've got to keep watering it.
You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
- John Lennon

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money.
Money is not enough, money can be got,
but they need your hearts to love them.
So, spread your love everywhere you go.
- Mother Teresa

Contrary to general belief,
I do not believe that friends are necessarily
the people you like best,
they are merely the people who got there first.
- Peter Ustinov

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure;
Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.
- John Lennon

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs
and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
- Abraham Lincoln

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wasn't always black...
there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
- Bill Cosby

If you got the game, you got the game.
That's why Tiger Woods is out there playing golf with Greg Norman.
- Shaquille O'Neal

If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married,
and another list of the reasons for their divorce,
you'd have a hell of a lot of overlapping.
- Mignon McLaughlin

I've got a new invention.
It's a revolving bowl for tired goldfish.
- Lefty Gomez

I got interested in computers and how they could be
enslaved to the megalomaniac impulses of a teenager.
- Eugene Jarvis

I've got two old Volvos, two old Subarus,
and an old Ford Ranger.
If you've got an old car, you've gotta have at least several old cars,
'cause one's always gonna be in the garage.
- Rip Torn

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not
for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
- Logan P. Smith

Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport.
- Henny Youngman

Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it.
- Langston Hughes

Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it.
You've got everything except one thing: madness!
- the movie Zorba The Greek

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished
at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
- Mark Twain

You have got to discover you, what you do,
and trust it.
- Barbra Streisand

Old age is like everything else.
To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Overall the fundamentals seem to be there and he's
obviously got a very mature head on his shoulders.
He's got a kind of presence.
- Nick Price

I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.
- Antonio Villaraigosa

When I was younger, my family would go camping and fishing on our ranches.
My dad loves being around all kinds of animals.
He's the one who got me to be a really big animal lover.
- Paris Hilton

I got a perfect build for clothes.
I'm a twenty-eight dwarf.
- the movie Love and Death

No man who worships education has got the best out of education...
Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I'm having a bad day. I am not size six.
My legs are not skinny as sticks,
and dammit, someone's got to pay.
I'm afraid that I can't satisfy myself
and that my happiness depends on someone else.
I feel weak, so you're gonna take the fall.
You're so shallow.
- Jewel

People who keep dogs are cowards who haven't got the
guts to bite people themselves.
- August Strindberg

It takes more than just a good looking body.
You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
- Epictetus


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