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John Ciardi Quotes and Sayings

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A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

Related topics: Wisdom

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal,
with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
- John Ciardi

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

 

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.
- John Ciardi

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty
loses interest in the students.
- John Ciardi

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What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the
thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen,
and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
- John Ciardi

Intelligence recognizes what has happened.
Genius recognizes what will happen.
- John Ciardi

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable
right to make a damn fool of himself.
- John Ciardi

A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.
- John Ciardi

Every game ever invented by mankind,
is a way of making things hard for the fun of it!
- John Ciardi

The day will happen whether or not you get up.
- John Ciardi

Written by a sponge dipped in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar.
- John Ciardi

The reader deserves an honest opinion.
If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
- John Ciardi

It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions.
I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation
the courage of their confusions.
- John Ciardi

A dollar saved is a quarter earned.
- John Ciardi

Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than
the act of surviving his need for character.
- John Ciardi

Poetry lies its way to the truth.
- John Ciardi

The classroom should be an entrance into the world,
not an escape from it.
- John Ciardi

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
- John Ciardi

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson PHOTO

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw PHOTO

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke PHOTO

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein PHOTO

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

I've learned that mistakes can often be
as good a teacher as success.
- Jack Welch

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

Good humor is the health of the soul,
sadness is its poison.
- Lord Chesterfield

When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

Sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

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

Bad times have a scientific value.
These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin

I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

If I am not for myself,
who will be for me?
Yet if I am for myself alone,
of what good am I?
- Hillel

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you
to reach the heights of your capabilities
or make the money that you want
without becoming very good at it.
- Brian Tracy

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
- Mother Teresa

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Good Endings precede Good Beginnings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

Good things happen to those who hustle.
- Anais Nin

It all comes to this:
the simplest way to be happy is to do good.
- Helen Keller

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau


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