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Questions structure and, so, to some extent predetermine answers. ...
by A. R. Ammons

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

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- 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

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

 

Only silence perfects silence.
- 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

Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.
- A. R. Ammons

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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

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

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

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

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

In nature there are few sharp lines.
- 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

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

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

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

If the greatest god is the stillness all the motions add up to,
then we must ineluctably be included.
- 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

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

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

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

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

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Questions are a microscope peering into the depths of the soul.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Decide questions without regard for tradition -
one way or the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers,
but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
- Antony Jay

Successful people ask better questions,
and as a result, they get better answers.
- Tony Robbins

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Every day is the perfect day to ask yourself
questions about your life goals,
and how you plan to address those goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't ask questions about fairy tales.
- Yiddish Proverb

The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.
- Susan Sontag

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We Gain All Genuine Insight From Questions and Experiments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are no right answers to wrong questions.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

Love is the total absence of fear.
Love asks no questions.
Its natural state is one of extension and expansion,
not comparison and measurement.
- Gerald Jampolsky

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I question my questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Answers of Spirit are far more powerful
than the Questions of our small minds.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Affirmation:
I question my questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only four questions of value in life...
What is sacred?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for,
and what is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same: only love.
- Johnny Depp as Don Juan in the movie Don Juan De Marco

This is the answer to all questions about relationship.
When two people sing their lives in harmony,
their lives are grand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

So long as you have food in your mouth,
you have solved all questions for the time being.
- Franz Kafka

Is it bigger than breadbox?
- the early television show Twenty Questions

Animals are such agreeable friends -
they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
- George Eliot

Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions.
- Edgar Cayce

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
- Janis Joplin

Education is not the answer to the question.
Education is the means to the answer to all questions.
- William Allin

A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
- Joey Adams

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of
questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just
in time to ask questions?
- Scott Adams

We make sacred pact. I promise teach
karate to you, you promise learn.
I say, you do, no questions.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

I'm not sure what theory is, unless it's the pursuit
of fundamental questions.
- David Antin

If you want to ask about my drug problem,
go ask my big, fat, smart, ten pound daughter,
she'll answer any questions you have about it.
- Courtney Love

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily,
I should think.
All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
- C. S. Lewis

Socialism is good when it comes to wages,
but it tells me nothing when it comes to other questions
in life that are more private and painful,
for which I must seek answers elsewhere.
- Karel Capek

There are big issues, like the reform of the Security Council.
These kinds of questions are something the President
of the General Assembly must keep his eye on.
- Harri Holkeri

For a time I didn't want to answer any questions about Queen.
I'd like to be viewed as something alive and relevant,
not some fossil.
- Brian May

On the contrary, the characteristic element of the
present situation is that economic questions have finally
and irrevocably invaded the domain of public life and politics.
- Arthur Henderson

There were certain questions about the foundations
of morals that advances in science all threaten to make more complicated.
- Leon Kass

I put forward formless and unresolved notions,
as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools,
not to establish the truth but to seek it.
- Michel de Montaigne

We have to be that wedge that drives the question and asks the hard questions.
- Danny Glover

I think Poe had a mission to tell us what it's all about.
To answer some of the great questions of life.
- John Astin

Before I refuse to take your questions,
I have an opening statement.
- Ronald Reagan


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