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People are talking about the Internet as though it
by Peter Davison

People are talking about the Internet as though it
is going to change the world.
It's not going to change the world.
It's not going to change the way we think,
and it's not going to change the way we feel.
- Peter Davison

I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

But there is some way in which poets believe that and this is dangerous,
too believe that their calling gives them a certain freedom.
A certain freedom to live in a free way.
- Peter Davison

It is very difficult for people to come in contact
with their own emotions and their own sensibilities.
- Peter Davison

 

In my youth, I found that I was quite often inspired
and pushed forward by what I read.
- Peter Davison

The problem, for me, with the writing programs is that
they produce a terrible uniformity of product.
- Peter Davison

I would like to be proud of having written some poems that will be remembered,
but I will never know whether I will have any reason to be proud of that.
- Peter Davison

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But for me, being an editor I've been an editor of
all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been
the way in which I could give a crucial part of my
time to what I love most.
- Peter Davison

If I were brave enough to say so, I'd like to think
that I had written some poems that people are not going to forget.
- Peter Davison

There are so many things that poetry is about,
one of which is memory.
- Peter Davison

Poetry should be able to reach everybody,
and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding.
- Peter Davison

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
- Peter Davison

I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle
because nobody knows any.
Nobody has to memorize poetry.
- Peter Davison

The trouble with the performance poets is that they
don't seem to have read anything.
So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
- Peter Davison

Poetry is composing for the breath.
- Peter Davison

And there are a lot more people reading poetry,
but there are not so many people reading an individual poet.
- Peter Davison

Every so often I find some poems that are too good
for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a
little too involved with the nature of poetry,
as such.
- Peter Davison

I just think that some version of the past in our culture
is going to rise up and become dominant.
- Peter Davison

It is a way we reassess our past.
We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose.
- Peter Davison

For instance, it's a little better now than it was two or three years ago,
but something like 70% of the poems I receive seem
to be written in the present indicative.
- Peter Davison

Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable
people to remember their prayers.
- Peter Davison

The more poetry you have in the head,
the more poetry you will understand because you will
be getting to the roots of what it is that makes people write poetry at all.
- Peter Davison

If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
- Peter Davison

I like poems that are complex.
- Peter Davison

The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered.
- Peter Davison

But poetry is my life.
Poetry is what matters to me.
- Peter Davison

My friends never talk to me about my poetry because
they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed
by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things,
but they are the state of human existence.
- Peter Davison

In order to understand what they need to understand,
in order to write what they write, they have to be free.
And yet, they aren't ever free.
They are not free because they are not free of the
constrictions their art puts on them.
- Peter Davison

They need to learn poetry.
They don't need to learn about poetry.
They don't need to be told how to interpret poetry.
They don't need to be told how to understand poetry.
They need to learn it.
- Peter Davison

The relation between a poet and audience is really insignificant.
What matters is the poet is hearing something that he is broadcasting.
And whether there is anybody with a receiver isn't the reason he does it.
He hopes there is somebody receiving it.
- Peter Davison

Dealing with poetry is a daunting task,
simply because the reason one does it as an editor
at all is because one is constantly coming to terms
with one's own understanding of how to understand the world.
- Peter Davison

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

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

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The enlightened give thanks
for what most people take for granted.
- Michael Beckwith

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
- Joseph Joubert

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

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

Successful people are simply those with successful habits.
- Brian Tracy

A hero may or may not lead other people,
but all heroes lead themselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People grow through experience
if they meet life honestly and courageously.
This is how character is built.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage
to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

What people say, what people do,
and what they say they do
are entirely different things.
- Margaret Mead

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs,
different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
- Jimmy Carter

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard


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