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James Laughlin Quotes and Sayings

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I think there's no excuse for the American poetry reader
not knowing a good deal about what is going on in the rest of the world.
- James Laughlin

We do very little re-writing in the office.
We often take on people who show great promise and
who we hope will develop into somebody important and someone good.
- James Laughlin

With me it's the whole thing, it's the conceit,
the idea, what the poem is saying.
And it goes on just as long as is necessary to say what needs to be said.
- James Laughlin

I do read everything that we publish.
We usually have to have two or three votes for a book before we take it on.
So in that sense I suppose it is an orchestra.
- James Laughlin

 

It's all well and good to say that Germans were all
responsible for the concentration camps,
but I don't think they were.
I think that was the work of a small group of fiends.
- James Laughlin

I think one ages and one dates.
I tend to have a good deal of difficulty in liking some of the new poets.
- James Laughlin

Every now and then, I strike something that just goes click,
you know, in my head.
As Gertrude Stein used to say, it rings the bell,
and I feel, this is great.
- James Laughlin

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We don't attempt to have any theme for a number of the anthology,
or to have any particular sequence.
We just put in things that we like, and then we try
to alternate the prose and the poetry.
- James Laughlin

Of course a poem is a two-way street.
No poem is any good if it doesn't suggest to the reader
things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it,
and will add to what the poet has suggested.
But I do think poetry readings are very important.
- James Laughlin

Then, of course, there are those sad occasions when
a poet or a writer has not grown,
and one has to let them go because they're just not making headway.
But we have a very clear personal relationship with the authors.
- James Laughlin

I think that concrete poetry seems to have,
as far as I can see, come to a kind of a dead end.
It doesn't seem to be going any further than it went
in its high period of about five or six years ago.
- James Laughlin

I think there is a great difference,
in that when the poet is reading you get the whole
personality of the person,
especially if he's a good reader.
Whereas a person just sitting gets what he puts into it.
- James Laughlin

I think most people read and re-read the things that they have liked.
That's certainly true in my case.
I re-read Pound a great deal, I re-read Williams,
I re-read Thomas, I re-read the people whom I cam to
love when I was at what you might call a formative stage.
- James Laughlin

I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing.
I mean I have friend who like poets who just don't
say anything to me at all,
I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian.
- James Laughlin

I think we will always have the impulse towards visual poetry with us,
and I wouldn't agree with Bly that it's a bad thing.
It depends on the ability of the individual poet to do it well,
and to make a shape which is interesting enough to hold your attention.
- James Laughlin

The German experience, as you can see,
did move me very much.
Seeing that terrible destruction and seeing the miserable state of the people,
how they had been beaten down by the war through no
fault of their own probably.
- James Laughlin

There are numerous cases of that, where one of our
writers discovers another writer whom he likes,
and we then take that book on.
So it's a very close relationship.
We can do that because we're so small.
- James Laughlin

We see them when they come to New York.
They stay at my wife's apartment.
We have quite a correspondence with them at all times.
They play a very important role, the authors in the firm,
because so much of the material we publish is suggested by them.
- James Laughlin

I try to write in plain brown blocks of American speech
but occasionally set in an ancient word or a strange
word just to startle the reader a little bit and to
break up the monotony of the plain American cadence.
- James Laughlin

Often something comes in from which you can see that the person is good,
the book may not be perfect as it is,
and the person doesn't want to do a re-write.
That's something we do almost nothing of.
- James Laughlin

Concrete poets continue to turn out beautiful things,
but to me they're more visual than oral,
and they almost really belong on the wall rather than in a book.
I haven't the least idea of where poetry is going.
- James Laughlin

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

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 PHOTO

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank PHOTO

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

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. PHOTO

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie PHOTO

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

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

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

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

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

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

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

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly.
The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

To change who you are,
change who you think you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

Don't marry the person you think you can live with;
marry only the individual you think you can't live without.
- James C. Dobson

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

The world is more malleable than you think
and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
- Bono

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


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