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James Montgomery Quotes and Sayings

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The Dove, on silver pinions, winged her peaceful way.
- James Montgomery

Related topics: Peace

Hope against hope, and ask till ye receive.
- James Montgomery

Joys too exquisite to last, And yet more exquisite when past.
- James Montgomery

Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower,
whence came thy dazzling hue?
- James Montgomery

 

Fairest and best adorned is she Whose clothing is humility.
- James Montgomery

Eternity: a moment standing still for ever.
- James Montgomery

Here hyacinths of heavenly blue, shook their rich tresses to the morn.
- James Montgomery

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'Tis human actions paint the chart of time.
- James Montgomery

Jealousy is a child of selfishness and distrust.
- Mourning Dove

I quit my band in New York City in 1969 and I got really angry at them.
I got angry at one of my guitar players and I dove
over the drum set and we got into a fight.
- Steven Tyler

In between that time, I've done book narrating,
you know, books on tape for Dove Audio.
- Juice Newton

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

Censure acquits the raven, but pursues the dove.
- Juvenal

Our cat is kind dove shellfish, and thinks the world is hers,
She finds a comfy spot and then we pet turtle sheep purrs.
- Brian P. Cleary

If we really want to be full and generous in spirit,
we have no choice but to trust at some level.
- Rita Dove

To this day, I still think Lonesome Dove is my best part.
- Robert Duvall

I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand.
If you hold it too tightly you kill it,
but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.
- Tommy Lasorda

Managing is like holding a dove in your hand.
Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away.
- Tommy Lasorda

My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter.
I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
- Rita Dove

I believe people may have a predisposition for artistic creativity.
It doesn't mean they're going to make it.
- Rita Dove

People write me from all over the country,
asking me, and sometimes even telling me,
what they think a poet laureate should do.
I found that immensely valuable.
- Rita Dove

I carry a notebook with me everywhere.
But that's only the first step.
- Rita Dove

Being Poet Laureate made me realize I was capable of a larger voice.
There is a more public utterance I can make as a poet.
- Rita Dove

For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard,
not an aria heard.
- Rita Dove

I think children have talent and insight,
but it gets beaten out of them.
- Rita Dove

What writing does is to reveal.
- Rita Dove

It's the classic story form.
All staying equal, or proving equal,
or being equal,
this will all continue, and the next time around,
we'll move on to see what happened to Harry after he dove in the river,
or who his friend John really was, and so on.
- Robert Creeley

I see a resurgence of interest in poetry.
I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts
when it comes to federal funding.
- Rita Dove

The dove act? I'm still working on it.
I don't think it's perfect yet.
I got my first pair of doves when I was 14 years old.
That was the beginning of the formation of that act.
So it's been 24 years now that I've been working on it.
- Lance Burton

I was appointed Poet Laureate.
It came totally out of the blue because most Poet Laureates
had been considerably older than I. It was not something
that I even had begun to dream about!
- Rita Dove

I didn't know writers could be real live people,
because I never knew any writers.
- Rita Dove

There are distinct duties of a poet laureate.
I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress
and advise the librarian.
The rest is how I want to promote poetry.
- Rita Dove

The joy of working at something to find out what it
means to me is what I grew up with.
- Rita Dove

Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is,
you need to talk with children, to teachers,
and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early.
- Rita Dove

I keep the drafts of each poem in color-coded folders.
I pick up the folders according to how I feel about that color that day.
- Rita Dove

It's unfortunate that sometimes in schools,
there's this need to have things quantified and graded.
- Rita Dove

I loved to write when I was a child.
I wrote, but I always thought it was something that you did as a child,
then you put away childish things.
- Rita Dove

I write short stories, and I wrote a play.
- Rita Dove

When we are touched by something it's as if we're being
brushed by an angel's wings.
- Rita Dove

I was apprehensive.
I feared every time I talked about poetry,
it would be filtered through the lens of race,
sex, and age.
- Rita Dove

I loved to read, but I always thought that the dream was too far away.
The person who had written the book was a god,
it wasn't a person.
- Rita Dove

I prefer to explore the most intimate moments,
the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on.
- Rita Dove

All of us have moments in our childhood where we come
alive for the first time.
And we go back to those moments and think,
This is when I became myself.
- Rita Dove

What is ironic is that Allen Ginsberg's importance
was in its twilight for so many years that it took
his death to bring it to the front page.
He electrified an entire world!
- Rita Dove

In working on a poem, I love to revise.
Lots of younger poets don't enjoy this,
but in the process of revision I discover things.
- Rita Dove

For years, I had heard about the lack of interest in literature in the U.S.
and I had complained about it.
I failed to understand how people could fail to be moved by art.
- Rita Dove

It really wasn't until I was in college when I began to write more and more,
and I realized I was scheduling my entire life around my writing.
- Rita Dove

I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls,
because I think those are the two elements of poetry.
- Rita Dove

The sound of the mandolin is a very curious sound because
it's cheerful and melancholy at the same time,
and I think it comes from that shadow string,
the double strings.
- Rita Dove

You have to imagine it possible before you can see something.
You can have the evidence right in front of you,
but if you can't imagine something that has never existed before,
it's impossible.
- Rita Dove

Being true to yourself really means being true to all
the complexities of the human spirit.
- Rita Dove

If they don't read, if they don't love reading;
if they don't find themselves compulsively reading,
I don't think they're really a writer.
- Rita Dove

Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity.
Rap is geared for aural pleasure.
- Rita Dove

My father is a chemist, my mother was a homemaker.
My parents instilled in us the feeling that learning
was the most exciting thing that could happen to you,
and it never ends.
- Rita Dove

Libraries are where it all begins.
- Rita Dove

I have a high guilt quotient.
A poem can go through as many as 50 or 60 drafts.
It can take from a day to two years-or longer.
- Rita Dove

One definition of eternity is that we are not alone on this planet,
that there are those who've gone before and those who will come,
and that there is a community of spirits.
- Rita Dove

Without imagination we can go nowhere.
And imagination is not restricted to the arts.
Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine.
- Rita Dove

Going to the library was the one place we got to go
without asking for permission.
And they let us choose what we wanted to read.
It was a feeling of having a book be mine entirely.
- Rita Dove

I thought, after the Pulitzer, at least nothing will
surprise me quite that much in my life.
And another one happened.
It was quite amazing.
- Rita Dove

The poetry that sustains me is when I feel that,
for a minute, the clouds have parted and I've seen ecstasy or something.
- Rita Dove

It's the combination of the intimate and the public
that I find so exciting about being poet laureate.
- Rita Dove

The American Dream is a phrase we'll have to wrestle with all of our lives.
It means a lot of things to different people.
I think we're redefining it now.
- Rita Dove

There are times in life when, instead of complaining,
you do something about your complaints.
- Rita Dove

I think reading Shakespeare's plays when I was young was extremely important.
He had the ability to make utter strangers come alive.
- Rita Dove

To write for PC reasons, because you think you ought
to be dealing with this subject,
is never going to yield anything that is really going
to matter to anyone else.
It has to matter to you.
- Rita Dove

Have you ever heard a good joke? If you've ever heard someone just right,
with the right pacing, then you're already on the way to poetry.
It's about using words in very precise ways and using gesture.
- Rita Dove

Under adversity, under oppression, the words begin to fail,
the easy words begin to fail.
In order to convey things accurately,
the human being is almost forced to find the most precise words possible,
which is a precondition for literature.
- Rita Dove

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which
doth mock the meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare

Love without jealousy. Love without need.
Let love be an unconditional gift.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A competent and self-confident person is
incapable of jealousy in anything.
Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
- Robert A. Heinlein


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