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Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value,
by 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

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- 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

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

 

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

Only silence perfects silence.
- 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

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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

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 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

Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.
- 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

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

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

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

Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you don't know what you want, you will probably never get it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

If you have health, you probably will be happy,
and if you have health and happiness,
you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
- Elbert Hubbard

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others,
but probably earlier and anonymous

What you don't do daily, you probably won't do weekly either.
What you make a habit of putting-off
just keeps getting pushed away again and again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

It's the little things you do
that can make a big difference.
What are you attempting to accomplish?
What little thing can you do today
that will make you more effective?
You are probably only one step away from greatness.
- Bob Proctor

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

Sister is probably the most competitive
relationship within the family,
but once the sisters are grown,
it becomes the strongest relationship.
- Margaret Mead

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Today is probably a good day for something;
but it's a better day for doing nothing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible,
he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible,
he is very probably wrong.
- Arthur C. Clarke

A woman in love can't be reasonable -
or she probably wouldn't be in love.
- Mae West

Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped,
probably arboreal in its habits.
- Charles Darwin

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

I would have probably stolen cars - it would have given
me the same adrenaline rush as racing.
- Valentino Rossi

Both young children and old people have a lot of time on their hands.
That's probably why they get along so well.
- Jonathan Carroll

I think Australian food is probably some of the best in the world.
- Karrie Webb

If cats were double the size they are now,
they'd probably be illegal.
- Doug Coupland

Moral power is probably best when it is not used.
The less you use it the more you have.
- Andrew Young

I haven't got any special religion this morning.
My God is the God of Walkers.
If you walk hard enough,
you probably don't need any other god.
- Bruce Chatwin

I would never kill a living thing, although I probably
have inadvertently while driving automobiles.
- Don Van Vliet

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To people who remember JFK's assassination,
JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin.
- Michael Beschloss

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

Adolescents are not monsters.
They are just people trying to learn how to make it
among the adults in the world,
who are probably not so sure themselves.
- Virginia Satir

If a man smiles all the time,
he's probably selling something that doesn't work.
- George Carlin

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll
probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
- Phil Jackson

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end,
it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
- Doug Larson

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.
- Alan Perlis

We probably wouldn't worry about what people think
of us if we could know how seldom they do.
- Olin Miller

I have looked back on situations and thought that I
could have handled a few differently and probably better.
- Jim Evans

Some people are probably scratching their heads and saying,
How did that happen? That's because some of the media
didn't give the public the full story.
- Tito Jackson

I showed that privacy was an implicit right in Jewish law,
probably going back to the second or third century,
when it was elaborated on in a legal way.
- Norman Lamm

No, I feel like my personality probably influenced the character,
more than the character influenced me.
- Sara Gilbert

Houses are one of my passions.
I probably should have been an interior decorator.
- Gene Tierney

So it's probably eighty percent luck and twenty percent skill.
- Chris LeDoux

To the people I forgot, you weren't on my mind for
some reason and you probably don't deserve any thanks anyway.
- Eminem

Chiapas is probably the main concern I have right now for the planet.
- Edward James Olmos

To stand there and do nothing on film is probably the hardest thing to do.
- Thomas Jane

If I wasn't bound to Brooklyn, due to my own personal
reasons like taking care of my mother and the fact
that this is where the band is based,
I would probably move to Iceland.
- Peter Steele

I probably wouldn't have done as many as I did in one year,
which I did when I was trying to raise money.
- John Sayles

If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him.
And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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