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I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional
by Mark Strand

I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional
notions of what is beautiful.
- Mark Strand

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
- Mark Strand

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally,
in the end, pleasure.
- Mark Strand

And Robert Lowell, of course - in his poems,
we're not located in his actual life.
We're located more in the externals,
in the journalistic facts of his life.
- Mark Strand

 

I certainly can't speak for all cultures or all societies,
but it's clear that in America, poetry serves a very marginal purpose.
It's not part of the cultural mainstream.
- Mark Strand

Nothing is the destiny of everyone, it is our commonness made dumb.
- Mark Strand

And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie.
That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want,
to follow the direction of the poem.
- Mark Strand

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For some of us, the less said about the way we do things the better.
- Mark Strand

Poetry is, first and last, language -
the rest is filler.
- Mark Strand

It hardly seems worthwhile to point out the shortsightedness
of those practitioners who would have us believe that
the form of the poem is merely its shape.
- Mark Strand

But I tend to think of the expressive part of me as rather tedious -
never curious or responsive,
but blind and self-serving.
- Mark Strand

From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose.
- Mark Strand

The future is always beginning now.
- Mark Strand

I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits,
limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits
that language itself imposes.
- Mark Strand

I tend to like poems that engage me -
that is to say,
which do not bore me.
- Mark Strand

A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry,
unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.
- Mark Strand

A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile,
even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.
- Mark Strand

The number of people writing poems is vast,
and their reasons for doing so are many,
that much can be surmised from the stacks of submissions.
- Mark Strand

There's a certain point, when you're writing autobiographical stuff,
where you don't want to misrepresent yourself.
It would be dishonest.
- Mark Strand

It's very hard to write humor.
- Mark Strand

I would say that American poetry has always been a
poetry of personal testimony.
- Mark Strand

Each moment is a place you've never been.
- Mark Strand

Poetry is something that happens in universities,
in creative writing programs or in English departments.
- Mark Strand

I think the best American poetry is the poetry that
utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits
the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality.
- Mark Strand

And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts,
and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification,
it is surprising that so much poetry is written.
- Mark Strand

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

A ship in harbor is safe -
but that is not what ships are for.
- John A. Shedd

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

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

Love is granting another the space to be
the way they are and the way they are not.
- Werner Erhard


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