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James Merrill Quotes and Sayings

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Strange about parents.
We have such easy access to them and such daunting
problems of communication.
- James Merrill

Before trying a novel I wrote a couple of plays.
- James Merrill

In life, there are no perfect affections.
- James Merrill

Knowing some Greek helped defuse forbidding words -
not that I counted much on using them.
You'll find only trace elements of this language in the poem.
- James Merrill

 

I'd like to think the scientists need us -
but do they? Did Newton need Blake?
- James Merrill

At college I'd seen my dead frog's limbs twitch under
some applied stimulus or other -
seen,
but hadn't believed.
Didn't dream of thinking beyond or around what I saw.
- James Merrill

He puts his right hand lightly on the cup,
I put my left, leaving the right free to transcribe,
and away we go.
We get, oh, 500 to 600 words an hour.
Better than gasoline.
- James Merrill

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But those two plays left me on fresh terms with language.
I didn't always have to speak in my own voice.
- James Merrill

The simplest science book is over my head.
- James Merrill

Arthur Young's Reflexive Universe - fascinating but
too schematic to fit into my scheme.
The most I could hope for was a sense of the vocabulary
and some possible images.
- James Merrill

And, as I have said, it's made me think twice about the imagination.
If the spirits aren't external, how astonishing the mediums become!
Victor Hugo said of his voices that they were like
his own mental powers multiplied by five.
- James Merrill

'Tis strange - but true;
for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.
- Lord Byron

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

It is strange to be known so universally
and yet to be so lonely.
- Albert Einstein

Love is a strange master, and human nature is still stranger.
- Edgar Rice Burroghs

How strange that nature does not knock,
and yet does not intrude!
- Emily Dickinson

It's very strange that most people don't care if their
knowledge of their family history only goes back three generations.
- Doug Coupland

I feel coming on a strange disease - humility.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Thirty was so strange for me.
I've really had to come to terms with the fact that
I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

What makes photography a strange invention is that
its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

Join the army. Visit strange and exotic places.
Meet fascinating people. And kill them.
- Anonymous

What a strange world this would be if we all had the same sense of humor.
- Bern Williams

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
- Plato

I was always a dreamer, in childhood especially.
People thought I was a little strange.
- Charley Pride

In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns,
the rattle of musketry, the strange,
mournful mutter of the battlefield.
- Douglas MacArthur

Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows -
marriage does.
- Groucho Marx

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

The world is a strange and wonderful place.
- Laurie Anderson

Strange, to see what delight we married people have
to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition,
every man and wife gazing and smiling at them.
- Samuel Pepys

People say to me, Would you like to swap your life
with me for 24 hours? Your life must be very strange.
But of course I have not experienced any other life.
It's not strange to me.
- Prince Andrew

I can remember only a few of the strange and curious
words now dead but living and spoken by the English
people a thousand years ago.
- Carl Sandburg

I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after,
which may be something more like this again,
maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction.
- Penelope Lively

Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -
that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.
- Tom Wolfe

It never got ugly, although it got a bit strange at times.
- Dave Blood

It's very strange that the people you love are often
the people you're most cruel to.
- Kenneth Branagh

The things in my songs are the edited highlights of my life.
I don't go seeking out strange sexual experiences every day of the week.
- Jarvis Cocker

I don't enjoy British shows as a rule because British audiences are strange.
- Andrew Eldritch

Americans like the British kind of quirkiness and the strange accent.
They find it kind of cute or something,
with a certain charm.
- Nick Park

In some strange way, this was meant to be.
- Joel Gretsch

I recorded with Sinatra, but the recording business
is a very strange strata right now.
- Skitch Henderson

I know it shouldn't make a difference,
but crossing the dateline, we weren't sure what day it was -
it was very strange.
Now, I seem to cope with it better.
- Phil Collins

We've all got strange things about us and Lynch picks those things up.
- Jack Nance

Cannes is a very strange place.
I tried to show up as best I could and to try not to be cynical.
- Lili Taylor

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self,
to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar,
is the test of their power.
- Toni Morrison

Isn't it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most?
- Charles Lindbergh

Taken out of context I must seem so strange.
- Ani DiFranco

I guess there seems to be clubs opening up again,
which is strange.
- Todd Barry

It is strange, but nobody is shocked when pop singers
make a fortune in the space of two years.
- Placido Domingo

Out of nothing I have created a strange new universe.
- Janos Bolyai

Art is the fatal net which catches these strange moments
on the wing like mysterious butterflies,
fleeing the innocence and distraction of common men.
- Giorgio de Chirico

It is not strange...
to mistake change for progress.
- Millard Fillmore

My career has been a bit strange.
I don't think it took the normal route.
- Fred Ward

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening
or strange that self may prove to be.
- May Sarton

Physical beauty is such a strange thing.
- Jock Sturges

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the
pleasantest sensations in the world.
- Freya Stark

My masters are strange folk with very little care for music in them.
- Johannes Sebastian Bach

It's a strange thing, but you get this click in your brain;
the wonderful feeling that the entirety of a character
is suddenly available and accessible to you.
- Chiwetel Ejiofor

Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed,
you realize what the word joy is all about.
- Chuck Jones

Every crag and gnarled tree and lonely valley has its
own strange and graceful legend attached to it.
- Douglas Hyde

A lot of hacking is playing with other people,
you know, getting them to do strange things.
- Steve Wozniak

So sweet love seemed that April morn.
When first we kissed beside the thorn,
So strangely sweet, it was not strange We thought that love could never change.
- Robert Bridges

Though lust do masque in ne'er so strange disguise she's oft found witty,
but is never wise.
- John Webster

Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.
- Liv Tyler

Wild Bill was a strange character.
In person he was about six feet and one inch in height.
He was a Plains-man in every sense of the word.
- Buffalo Bill

It takes a very strange person to enjoy fame,
with all the by-products that come with it.
It's not necessarily a thrill.
- Kelsey Grammer

Time is strange.
A moment can be as short as a breath,
or as long as eternity.
- Ardel Wray

But cats to me are strange, so strange I cannot sleep if one is near.
- W. H. Davies

Is there something we have forgotten? Some precious thing we have lost,
wandering in strange lands?
- Arna Bontemps

The way the Army does things is sometimes a little strange.
- Desi Arnaz

I have learned silence from the talkative,
toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind;
yet,
strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
- Khalil Gibran

Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.
- Samuel Pepys


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