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I'm saying look, here they come, pay attention.
by Philip Levine

I'm saying look, here they come, pay attention.
Let your eyes transform what appears ordinary,
commonplace, into what it is, a moment in time,
an observed fragment of eternity.
- Philip Levine

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

My father died when I was five, but I grew up in a strong family.
- Philip Levine

I listen to jazz about three hours a day.
I love Louis Armstrong.
- Philip Levine

 

I have a sense that many Americans, especially those
like me with European or foreign parents,
feel they have to invent their families just as they
have to invent themselves.
- Philip Levine

The irony is, going to work every day became the subject
of probably my best poetry.
- Philip Levine

But most commonly, it's one poem that I work on with a lot of intensity.
- Philip Levine

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I write what's given me to write.
- Philip Levine

I was very lucky to have a mother who encouraged me to become a poet.
- Philip Levine

My temperament is not geared to that of a novelist.
- Philip Levine

I started listening to music when I wrote when I had three sons at home.
- Philip Levine

No one can write like Vallejo and not sound like a fraud.
He's just too much himself and not you.
- Philip Levine

For sure I once thought of myself as the poet who would
save the ordinary from oblivion.
- Philip Levine

I'm afraid we live at the mercy of a power,
maybe a God, without mercy.
And yet we find it, as I have, from others.
- Philip Levine

Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion,
but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me
it's the home of the extraordinary,
the only home.
- Philip Levine

My mother carried on and supported us;
her ambition had been to write poetry and songs.
- Philip Levine

Back then, I couldn't have left a poem a year and gone back to it.
- Philip Levine

I'm seventy-one now, so it's hard to imagine a dramatic change.
- Philip Levine

But I'm too old to be written about as a young poet.
- Philip Levine

I realized poetry's the thing that I can do 'cause
I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity.
- Philip Levine

My sense of a poem - my notion of how you revise -
is: you get yourself into a state where what you are
intensely conscious of is not why you wrote it or how you wrote it,
but what you wrote.
- Philip Levine

Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do.
You'll have that readership.
Keep going until you know you're doing work that's worthy.
And then see what happens.
That's my advice.
- Philip Levine

If that voice that you created that is most alive in
the poem isn't carried throughout the whole poem,
then I destroy where it's not there,
and I reconstruct it so that that voice is the dominant voice in the poem.
- Philip Levine

It's ironic that while I was a worker in Detroit,
which I left when I was twenty six, my sense was that
the thing that's going to stop me from being a poet
is the fact that I'm doing this crummy work.
- Philip Levine

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

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

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.
- Publilius Syrus

Look twice before you leap.
- Charlotte Bronte

It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Until you'll willing to look foolish,
you'll never have the possibility of being great.
- Cher

Never bend your head. Always hold it high.
Look the world straight in the eye.
- Helen Keller

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

Let us not look back in anger
or forward in fear,
but around in awareness.
- James Thurber

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

If you look into your own heart,
and you find nothing wrong there,
what is there to worry about?
What is there to fear?
- Confucius

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

Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

You're standing on the threshold of success.
Don't look down, it'll make you dizzy.
- the character Timothy Q. Mouse in the Walt Disney movie Dumbo

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength
which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
- Marcus Aurelius

The farther backward you can look,
the farther forward you can see.
- Winston Churchill

If you look for the bad in people
expecting to find it, you surely will.
- Abraham Lincoln

The world is a dangerous place,
not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.
- Albert Einstein

Do not look for approval
except for the consciousness of doing your best.
- Andrew Carnegie

Where there is unconditional love,
there is no room for unhappiness.
Whenever I look in the mirror today,
I will say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Shake structures.
School yourself.
Look twice at a thing,
once upside down.
Answer yourself clearly.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

All you have to do is look straight and see the road,
and when you see it, don't sit looking at it - walk.
- Ayn Rand

Whatever happens, always look to tomorrow -
with courage and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I look for what needs to be done.
After all, that's how the universe designs itself.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Look now into the still waters
of the reflecting pool
and behold the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Look In The Mirror to See The Face Of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I look only to the good qualities of men.
Not being faultless myself,
I won't presume to probe into the faults of others.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Whenever I look at a human face,
I say to myself: "That Is The Face Of God."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"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 your spirit soars throughout
the vast Cathedral of Your Being,
look now into the still waters
of the reflecting pool and behold the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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