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A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. ...
by Wallace Stevens

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

Related topics: Poetry

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
- Wallace Stevens

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
- Wallace Stevens

The imagination is man's power over nature.
- Wallace Stevens

 

It can never be satisfied, the mind,
never.
- Wallace Stevens

The fire burns as the novel taught it how.
- Wallace Stevens

To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life,
and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice.
We live in the mind.
- Wallace Stevens

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Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers
than to go along with them.
- Wallace Stevens

I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections,
Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling,
Or just after.
- Wallace Stevens

We say God and the imagination are one...
How high that highest candle lights the dark.
- Wallace Stevens

The point of vision and desire are the same.
- Wallace Stevens

Money is a kind of poetry.
- Wallace Stevens

If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations,
the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself,
it might rival it in distribution.
- Wallace Stevens

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.
- Wallace Stevens

The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.
- Wallace Stevens

In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the
images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
- Wallace Stevens

The poet is the priest of the invisible.
- Wallace Stevens

The most beautiful thing in the world is,
of course, the world itself.
- Wallace Stevens

If some really acute observer made as much of egotism
as Freud has made of sex,
people would forget a good deal about sex and find
the explanation for everything in egotism.
- Wallace Stevens

Thought is an infection.
In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
- Wallace Stevens

Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration
itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.
- Wallace Stevens

One's ignorance is one's chief asset.
- Wallace Stevens

Our bloom is gone.
We are the fruit thereof.
- Wallace Stevens

As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
- Wallace Stevens

The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists.
The poet merely enjoys existence.
- Wallace Stevens

Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her,
alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires.
- Wallace Stevens

The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.
- Wallace Stevens

How full of trifles everything is!
It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.
- Wallace Stevens

What our eyes behold may well be the text of life but
one's meditations on the text and the disclosures of
these meditations are no less a part of the structure of reality.
- Wallace Stevens

The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire.
- Wallace Stevens

New York is a field of tireless and antagonistic interests
undoubtedly fascinating but horribly unreal.
Everybody is looking at everybody else a foolish crowd walking on mirrors.
- Wallace Stevens

The day of the sun is like the day of a king.
It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon,
a pageant in the evening.
- Wallace Stevens

Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature
than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
- Wallace Stevens

A poem need not have a meaning and like most things
in nature often does not have.
- Wallace Stevens

In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature.
- Wallace Stevens

One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there
are so many more important things to be.
- Wallace Stevens

After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes
the future of the world hangs.
- Wallace Stevens

It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars,
who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
- Wallace Stevens

Reality is not what it is.
It consists of the many realities which it can be made into.
- Wallace Stevens

Everything is complicated; if that were not so,
life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
- Wallace Stevens

The genuine artist is never "true to life."
He sees what is real,
but not as we are normally aware of it.
We do not go storming through life like actors in a play.
Art is never real life.
- Wallace Stevens

Style is not something applied.
It is something that permeates.
It is of the nature of that in which it is found,
whether the poem, the manner of a god,
the bearing of a man.
It is not a dress.
- Wallace Stevens

Most people read poetry listening for echoes because
the echoes are familiar to them.
They wade through it the way a boy wades through water,
feeling with his toes for the bottom:
The echoes are the bottom.
- Wallace Stevens

I am the poet of my mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor
in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
- Khalil Gibran

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
- Robert Frost

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.
Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it,
old age is still old age.
- Sinclair Lewis

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three
times the written content.
- Alfred de Musset

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

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

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden


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