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John Drinkwater Quotes and Sayings

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If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance
can heighten its value as poetry.
- John Drinkwater

When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word,
he is endowing the word with life.
- John Drinkwater

Poetry is the communication through words of certain
experiences that can be communicated in no other way.
- John Drinkwater

It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.
- John Drinkwater

 

But in the finished art of the song the use of words
has no connection with the use of words in poetry.
- John Drinkwater

Poe's saying that a long poem is a sequence of short ones is perfectly just.
- John Drinkwater

To know anything of a poet but his poetry is,
so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something
that may be entertaining,
even delightful, but is certainly inessential.
- John Drinkwater

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The poet's perfect expression is the token of a perfect experience;
what he says in the best possible way he has felt in the best possible way,
that is, completely.
- John Drinkwater

The written word is everything.
- John Drinkwater

Great men are rare, poets are rarer,
but the great man who is a poet,
transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
- John Drinkwater

There can be no proof that Blake's lyric is composed
of the best words in the best order;
only a conviction,
accepted by our knowledge and judgment,
that it is so.
- John Drinkwater

For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent,
the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable.
It is the same in all arts.
- John Drinkwater

Any long work in which poetry is persistent,
be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession
of separate poetic experiences governed into a related
whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them.
- John Drinkwater

So it is in poetry.
All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress
us as having been of the kind that exhausts the imaginative capacity;
if it fails to do this the failure will announce itself
either in prose or in insignificant verse.
- John Drinkwater

Poetry being the sign of that which all men desire,
even though the desire be unconscious,
intensity of life or completeness of experience,
the universality of its appeal is a matter of course.
- John Drinkwater

To take an analogy: if we say that a democratic government
is the best kind of government,
we mean that it most completely fulfills the highest
function of a government -
the realisation of the will of the people.
- John Drinkwater

The musician - if he be a good one -
finds his own perception prompted by the poet's perception,
and he translates the expression of that perception
from the terms of poetry into the terms of music.
- John Drinkwater

It is commonly asserted and accepted that Paradise
Lost is among the two or three greatest English poems;
it may justly be taken as the type of supreme poetic
achievement in our literature.
- John Drinkwater

We recognise in the finished art, which is the result of these conditions,
the best words in the best order - poetry;
and to put this essential poetry into different classes is impossible.
- John Drinkwater

A lyric, it is true, is the expression of personal emotion,
but then so is all poetry, and to suppose that there
are several kinds of poetry,
differing from each other in essence,
is to be deceived by wholly artificial divisions which have no real being.
- John Drinkwater

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
- Angelina Jolie

Happiness lies in accepting everyone
in our lives EXACTLY as they are.
We cause ourselves untold misery whenever
we believe others to be imperfect and try to change them.
This is the number one rule for a happy relationship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Being human, we are imperfect. That's why we need each other.
To catch each other when we falter.
To encourage each other when we lose heart.
Some may lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone.
- Hilary Clinton

Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship;
it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting.
- Eustace Budgell

The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians,
but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Measures must always, in a progressive society,
be held superior to men, who are after all,
imperfect instruments, working for their fulfillment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To follow imperfect, uncertain, or corrupted traditions,
in order to avoid erring in our own judgment,
is but to exchange one danger for another.
- Richard Whately

I'm not suggesting that the play is without fault;
all of my plays are imperfect,
I'm rather happy to say-it leaves me something to do.
- Edward Albee

Of what does politics consist except the making of imperfect decisions,
many of them unjust and quite a few of them deadly?
- Lewis H. Lapham

There is always a "but" in this imperfect world.
- Anne Bronte

The earth incites the wonder and admiration of man
even though he is imperfect and his understanding greatly limited.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford

The saxophone is an imperfect instrument,
especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes.
The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument
that is outside of your body.
- Stan Getz

Like bones to the human body, the axle to the wheel,
the wing to the bird, and the air to the wing,
so is liberty the essence of life.
Whatever is done without it is imperfect.
- Jose Marti

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the
human condition there is no shame in being wrong,
only in failing to correct our mistakes.
- George Soros

Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality,
it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition,
it is imperfect and untrue.
- Benjamin Haydon

International relationships are preordained to be clumsy
gestures based on imperfect knowledge.
- Rebecca West

I don't want to be perfect, but I do want to be a role model.
My mom always tells me that imperfections equal beauty.
All of us are imperfect.
- Miley Cyrus

The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection.
No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.
- Herman Hesse

Perfection is immutable.
But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.
- Owen Feltham

We will have to give up the hope that,
if we try hard, we somehow will always do right by our children.
The connection is imperfect.
We will sometimes do wrong.
- Judith Viorst

Man is imperfect.
The reality he creates is always endangered by man.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

A god whose creation is so imperfect that he must be
continually adjusting it to make it work properly seems
to me a god of relatively low order,
hardly worthy of any worship.
- Martin Gardner

A principle is the expression of perfection,
and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection,
we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We are all imperfect.
We can not expect perfect government.
- William Howard Taft

We're imperfect people trapped in an imperfect world
until we get to that place beyond.
- Kathie Lee Gifford

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect.
The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we
become towards the defects of others.
- Joseph Addison

All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight,
or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
- George Henry Lewes

The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others.
- Doug Larson

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect,
he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them,
he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself,
he becomes wise.
- Alden Nowlan

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.
Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
- Brooks Atkinson

If I don't tell it all now, the story in the history
books will always be imperfect and that would be wrong.
- Christine Keeler

Gratitude is a burden upon our imperfect nature,
and we are but too willing to ease ourselves of it,
or at least to lighten it as much as we can.
- Philip Stanhope

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth,
that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.
- John Ruskin

Complete and total perfection will come about only
when we feel that our perfection is no perfections
as long as the rest of humanity remains imperfect.
- Sri Chinmoy

The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air,
that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs,
is the point from which fiction begins.
- Salman Rushdie

I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.
- Alexander Hamilton

Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.
- Edward Gibbon

You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers
are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
- Maxwell Maltz

He who lives in the single exercise of his mental faculties,
however usefully or curiously directed,
is equally an imperfect animal with the man who knows
only the exercise of muscles.
- Francis Wright

As has been pointed out with Libya, the debate over Libya,
sometimes we allow diplomatic relations with imperfect
regimes because progress can best be made through engagement instead of isolation.
- Earl Blumenauer

If God has made the world a perfect mechanism,
He has at least conceded so much to our imperfect intellect
that in order to predict little parts of it,
we need not solve innumerable differential equations,
but can use dice with fair success.
- Max Born

If, on occasion, the knowledge brought by science leads to an unhappy end,
this is not to the discredit of science but is rather
an indication of an imperfect ability to use wisely
the gifts placed within our hands.
- Polykarp Kusch

We need religion as a guide.
We need it because we are imperfect.
Our government needs the church, because only those
humble enough to admit they are sinners can bring to
democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive.
- Jeff Miller

It's a journalist's job to be a witness to history.
We're not there to worry about ourselves.
We're there to try and get as near as we can,
in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out.
- Robert Fisk

Give me the comma of imperfect striving,
thus to find zest in the immediate living.
Ever the reaching but never the gaining,
ever the climbing but never the attaining of the mountain top.
- Winston Graham

You're just sort of searching for this "thing" and
sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't.
All music is imperfect, but in jazz since you're improvising,
at least the way I play, I'm trying to follow my train of thought in a solo.
- John Abercrombie

My marriage? Up to now everything's okay.
But it's a real marriage - imperfect and very difficult.
It's all about people evolving somewhat simultaneously through their lives.
I think we've emotionally evolved.
- Jamie Lee Curtis

No matter how correct a mathematical theorem may appear to be,
one ought never to be satisfied that there was not
something imperfect about it until it also gives the
impression of being beautiful.
- George Boole

If you are kept in ignorance of the true way and permit
yourself to rely upon and be guided by the opinion of imperfect man,
you can never gain the riches that will bring you peace and lasting happiness.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford

But that the reasoning from these facts,
the drawing from them correct conclusions,
is a matter of great difficulty, may be inferred from
the imperfect state in which the Science is now found
after it has been so long and so intensely studied.
- Nassau William Senior


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