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I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with -
by 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

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- 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

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

 

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

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

Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.
- 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

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

In nature there are few sharp lines.
- 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

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

Only silence perfects silence.
- 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

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

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

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

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 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

The way to happiness is what I call Zero-Based Gratitude.
Each day be happy and grateful for what you have,
independent of yesterday and of other people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Keep a grateful journal. Every night,
list five things you are grateful for.
- Oprah Winfrey

I am profoundly grateful that the Powers of Light
have chosen ME to be a conduit for Infinite Love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our opportunity is to love ourselves exactly as we are -
with all our joys and sufferings.
To be grateful for everything.
To forgive ourselves for our doubts of our own worthiness -
for we have no need to be anything other than what we are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is always a good day to be grateful for all of life -
grateful for large blessings and small.
Especially to be grateful for the symbolic blessings -
the rainbows and butterflies that come into our lives
when we least expect and most need them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Suppose our gratitude could be zero-based gratitude.
With zero-based gratitude,
we would be grateful for everything we had each day -
regardless of whether it was more or less than yesterday.
With zero-based gratitude, I can be grateful for all the people,
the love, the food, the shelter, the services,
the health, that I am blessed with today,
regardless of what I had yesterday.
With zero-based gratitude,
I can be grateful each day for the gift of life itself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is a better place because I am here;
the energy that I radiate into this world
is a gift beyond my own understanding.
Through ME, an all encompassing Love enters this world;
and I am profoundly grateful that the Powers of Light
have chosen ME to be a conduit for Infinite Love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seeing my glass of life as mostly full
triggers an amazing cycle of transformation
Appreciation for the abundance of life incites gratitude -
which brings on that warm comfortable
feeling of joy and satisfaction with life.
Gratitude for abundance also creates increasing abundance.
Being truly grateful for the abundance that
is now in my life causes an ever greater abundance
to flow in my direction.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Gratitude is an attitude that
hooks us up to our source of supply.
And the more grateful you are,
the closer you become to your maker,
to the architect of the universe,
to the spiritual core of your being.
- Bob Proctor

You define a good flight by negatives:
you didn't get hijacked,
you didn't crash, you didn't throw up,
you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food.
So you are grateful.
- Paul Theroux

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment,
all you have is all you need.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach

Life is magnificent - just as it comes.
Life has no need for fancy clothes, or lipstick.
Life is no pig.
Our life is the greatest gift of all creation.
When we are unhappy with life -
when we are shocked by the stock market,
or dismayed by our choice of political candidates,
let us not lash out in anger.
But also, let us not try to pretty up life
with some lipstick and some party clothes.
See life clearly - no rose colored glasses -
and then CHOOSE to love life.
CHOOSE to be happy, be joyful, be grateful,
be forgiving of everyone and of every act
we believe has hurt us.
Life just "IS."
We get to CHOOSE our relationship with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer,
but, my childhood was very good.
I am very grateful for my childhood,
because it was full of gladness and good humanity.
- Roberto Benigni

Life is hard.
Then you die.
Then they throw dirt in your face.
Then the worms eat you.
Be grateful it happens in that order.
- David Gerrold

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
- Marcel Proust

I am very grateful to God everyday that my eyes flutter
open and I can jump out of that bed!
- Jerry Reed

Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people,
I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that
I might slight any by omission.
- Theodore Bikel

I mean people have compared us to like the Grateful
Dead and all these like psychedelic sixties bands.
- Jon Fishman

The people of Iraq are grateful for what the people
of the United States of America and our armed forces
and our coalition forces are giving them the opportunity to do.
- Johnny Isakson

I'm immensely grateful for the precious gift my mother has given me.
She is my hero today and every day.
- Steven Cojocaru

No money on earth can buy the love and affection that
has been given to me by a grateful nation.
- Abdul Qadeer Khan

All TV can do is capture the spirit of a book because
the medium is so utterly different.
But I'm very grateful for the readers that Masterpiece
Theatre has undoubtedly brought me.
- Joanna Trollope

I'm thrilled of the acceptance I get abroad.
The people are so hearty, warm and grateful and I feel
privileged having seen so many countries and some of the greatest monuments.
- Daniel Radcliffe

Animals are reliable, many full of love,
true in their affections, predictable in their actions,
grateful and loyal.
Difficult standards for people to live up to.
- Alfred A. Montapert

On the one hand, I'm grateful to be hired and thrilled to be paid.
- Christopher Durang

When my parents separated, I was very grateful.
- Christopher Durang

When people think it's successful, I'm grateful.
When they don't - OK, I'll try again.
- Rod Taylor

Seriously, though, I think I never ceased to be grateful
of the fact that I am able to do a job that I really love -
I never got over that.
- Judi Dench

I'm grateful that the team allowed me back.
I'm looking forward to making it up to them.
- William Green

I will be very grateful that I get to go out and play
a song and get well paid for it.
- Kathy Valentine

I've had a very good career and I'm grateful that the
public has had some level of acceptance and appreciation of my work.
- Ben Stiller

I'm very grateful to Jennifer Lopez,
because I have something to talk about for the last couple of years.
- Steven Cojocaru

A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer.
- Doris Lessing

Most men remember obligations, but are not often likely to be grateful;
the proud are made sour by the remembrance and the vain silent.
- William Gilmore Simms

Out of my discomforts, which were small enough,
grew one thing for which I have all my life been grateful,
the formation of fixed habits of work.
- Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

I don't think I even knew how big we were at the time.
It was mad.
I gained a lot through East 17 and I'm grateful for
being able to have that experience.
- Brian Harvey

So every single day, I found something to be grateful
for and that's a powerful lesson.
- Alice Barrett

So I'm very grateful for everything that has happened in my life.
- Alice Barrett

I feel so very grateful to have the voice God gave me.
It takes a lot of rest and training to sing,
and I was lucky that I found a great teacher when I first moved to New York.
- Judy Collins

God uses singers in a mighty way, and I am grateful.
- Martha Reeves

The Grateful Dead were an influence on our music but
they weren't by a long shot the biggest influence.
- Jon Fishman

The Grateful Dead are our religion.
This is a religion that doesn't pay homage to the God
that all the other religions pay homage to.
- Ken Kesey

Mr. Speaker, as a grateful recovering alcoholic of 24 years myself,
I am living proof that treatment does work and that recovery is real.
- Jim Ramstad

I went to Ithaca, found the Grateful Dead and my life was changed.
- David Boreanaz

I was getting offers.
I had just turned them down.
Then I realized I should be grateful that at age 54,
people were still offering me film roles.
- Candice Bergen


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