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Kenneth Koch Quotes and Sayings

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It seems everything is so full of possibilities one
can hardly take it all in.
- Kenneth Koch

It's enormously cheering to get a good review by someone
who seems to understand your work.
- Kenneth Koch

It's a well known thing that ordinary perceptions can
have a strange aspect when one is travelling.
- Kenneth Koch

I got married, other people went off.
We had sort of another public-we were our entire readership for many years,
and we were very excited by each other.
- Kenneth Koch

 

Some of the French surrealists at the beginning of
the war had come over to New York and they brought out this magazine.
It was a big, glossy magazine full of surrealist things.
- Kenneth Koch

Picasso said once when being interviewed that one should
not be one's own connoisseur.
- Kenneth Koch

Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.
- Kenneth Koch

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It takes a long time to publish a book.
- Kenneth Koch

I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
- Kenneth Koch

I was excited by what my painter friends were doing,
and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too,
and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world.
- Kenneth Koch

I'm a writer who likes to be influenced.
- Kenneth Koch

When you finish a poem, it clicks shut like the top of a jewel box,
but prose is endless.
I haven't experienced an awful lot of clicking shut!
- Kenneth Koch

I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting
as were thousands of other people,
and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write,
but it's not.
- Kenneth Koch

I certainly have the feeling that I'm the same person
even though I've changed a great deal.
- Kenneth Koch

I've had trouble with criticism, I guess.
It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either
encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.
- Kenneth Koch

The subject matter of the stories on the surface...
there seem to be a number of stories about travel.
- Kenneth Koch

As for political poetry, as it's usually defined,
it seems there's very little good political poetry.
- Kenneth Koch

I wonder if I ever thought of an ideal reader...
I guess when I was in my 20s and in New York and maybe even in my early 30s,
I would write for my wife Janice...
mainly for my poet friends and my wife,
who was very smart about poetry.
- Kenneth Koch

Certainly, it seems true enough that there's a good
deal of irony in the world...
I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising,
there's obviously a lot of deception.
- Kenneth Koch

Politics is there the way men and women are there,
the way the Atlantic Ocean is there.
Sometimes I've written about politics specifically,
I mean about politics as it's understood on television and in newspapers.
- Kenneth Koch

As I look over my work, I mean every time I look over my early work,
I see, yes, I could do that then and then I could do that and that...
That may be the hardest thing for a writer,
at least for a poet, to tell what the identity of his work is.
- Kenneth Koch

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
My family was not nationally known as being a literary family,
though my mother and my mother's side of the family
in general were interested in literature.
- Kenneth Koch

I love painting and music, of course.
I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry.
I've certainly been influenced by fiction.
I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it,
and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s.
- Kenneth Koch

Once I start writing about something,
it goes off rather fast, and sometimes details which
might be interesting such as what the room looked like
or what somebody said that was not exactly on the same
subject tend to get lost.
- Kenneth Koch

Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

What seems new is only new to us.
- Pearl S. Buck

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks,
that we concentrate only
on what is most significant and important.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Success seems to be connected with action.
Successful people keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

You CAN do what you are committed to do -
regardless of how difficult it seems.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ah, not everything is as seems...
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

As long as a man stands in his own way,
everything seems to be in his way.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It always seems impossible until its done.
- Nelson Mandela

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves
come when life seems most challenging.
- Joseph Campbell

Success seems to be largely a matter
of hanging on after others have let go.
- William Feather

Expressing gratitude seems like a cosmic invitation
for all kinds of thankfulness and appreciation to pour in.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When you get into a tight place
and everything goes against you,
till it seems you cannot hold on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just
the place and time the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness;
however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

If everything seems to be going well,
you have obviously overlooked something.
- Anonymous

Loneliness is not what it seems.
One does not feel lonely because one is alone,
but because of a feeling of lack -
a feeling that something is missing.
Loneliness is essentially independent
of how many other humans are around.
It has much more to do with one's self-esteem -
one's sense of inherent worth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it
seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour
and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

If someone irritates you, it is only
your own response that is irritating you.
Therefore, when anyone seems to be provoking you,
remember that it is only your judgment
of the incident that provokes you. -
- Epictetus

Random chance seems to have operated in our favor ...
there was no deity involved.
- Spock character in the Star Trek television series

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships -
the ones that last -
are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship.
You know, one day you look at the person
and you see something more than you did the night before.
Like a switch has been flicked somewhere.
And the person who was just a friend is...
suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
- Dana Scully

There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the
part of a great many people to the effect that when
you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
- Louis Kronenberger

It seems that we have it backward in our society.
We tend to look up to people
who are under a great deal of stress,
who can handle loads of stress,
and those who are under a great deal of pressure.
- Richard Carlson

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
- Jacques Barzun

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer,
self-sufficient.
There is no other time when the whole world seems composed
of one thing and one thing only.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems,
in my opinion, to characterize our age.
- Albert Einstein

When you are courting a nice girl
an hour seems like a second.
When you sit on a red-hot cinder
a second seems like an hour.
That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
- George Santayana

There seems to be no lengths to which humorless people
will not go to analyze humor.
It seems to worry them.
- Robert Benchley

When a thought takes one's breath away,
a grammar lesson seems an impertinence.
- Thomas W. Higginson

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish,
the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.
- Bernard Berenson

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture
that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.
It may seem even fresher.
- Pauline Kael

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon.
We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.
- Kitty O'Neill Collins

It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy,
we go out and wreck something with it.
- David R. Brower

How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are,
we must know our mothers names.
- Alice Walker

It seems every year, people make the resolution to
exercise and lose weight and get in shape.
- Ed Smith

There is something about inside information which seems
to paralyse a man's reasoning powers.
- Bernard Baruch

A perfection of means,
and confusion of aims,
seems to be our main problem.
- Albert Einstein

Perhaps people, and kids especially,
are spoiled today,
because all the kids today have cars,
it seems.
When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.
- James Cagney

She seems to be having a pretty good time despite her worrying.
That's Lily.
- Dashiell Hammett

It seems to me self-evident that if you have a life,
things happen in it, and certain things do change;
certain things end.
People you know die.
- Jonathan Franzen

Being a reporter seems a ticket out to the world.
- Jackie Kennedy


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