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Mark Strand Quotes and Sayings

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Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
- Mark Strand

Related topics: Poetry

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally,
in the end, pleasure.
- Mark Strand

And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie.
That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want,
to follow the direction of the poem.
- Mark Strand

A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile,
even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.
- Mark Strand

 

There's a certain point, when you're writing autobiographical stuff,
where you don't want to misrepresent yourself.
It would be dishonest.
- Mark Strand

And Robert Lowell, of course - in his poems,
we're not located in his actual life.
We're located more in the externals,
in the journalistic facts of his life.
- Mark Strand

Poetry is something that happens in universities,
in creative writing programs or in English departments.
- Mark Strand

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I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits,
limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits
that language itself imposes.
- Mark Strand

I certainly can't speak for all cultures or all societies,
but it's clear that in America, poetry serves a very marginal purpose.
It's not part of the cultural mainstream.
- Mark Strand

It's very hard to write humor.
- Mark Strand

Poetry is, first and last, language -
the rest is filler.
- Mark Strand

The future is always beginning now.
- Mark Strand

I think the best American poetry is the poetry that
utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits
the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality.
- Mark Strand

A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry,
unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.
- Mark Strand

From the reader's view, a poem is more demanding than prose.
- Mark Strand

I am not concerned with truth, nor with conventional
notions of what is beautiful.
- Mark Strand

I would say that American poetry has always been a
poetry of personal testimony.
- Mark Strand

The number of people writing poems is vast,
and their reasons for doing so are many,
that much can be surmised from the stacks of submissions.
- Mark Strand

But I tend to think of the expressive part of me as rather tedious -
never curious or responsive,
but blind and self-serving.
- Mark Strand

Each moment is a place you've never been.
- Mark Strand

Nothing is the destiny of everyone, it is our commonness made dumb.
- Mark Strand

It hardly seems worthwhile to point out the shortsightedness
of those practitioners who would have us believe that
the form of the poem is merely its shape.
- Mark Strand

I tend to like poems that engage me -
that is to say,
which do not bore me.
- Mark Strand

For some of us, the less said about the way we do things the better.
- Mark Strand

And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts,
and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification,
it is surprising that so much poetry is written.
- Mark Strand

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't recognize them.
- Ann Landers

When you ask the wrong question,
you usually get a nonsense answer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What one has to do usually can be done.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Success usually comes to those
who are too busy to be looking for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

The path to your own happiness is usually found in service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What usually happens in the educational process is
that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed
and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature
they have lost their innate capabilities.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

A man is usually more careful of his money
than he is of his principles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything.
They just cry over their condition.
But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
- James Russell Lowell

We all should choose our friends carefully.
I used to think that no one could know me better than somebody else,
because you're inside yourself, your body, you can't see yourself.
If you think like that, you surround yourself with
other people who are willing to tell you who you are,
which are usually judgmental people ...
we should really surround ourselves with the ones
that adore us and believe in the highest of us.
- Jewel

I am regularly asked what the average Internet user
can do to ensure his security.
My first answer is usually 'Nothing;
you're screwed'.
- Bruce Scheneier

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
- Milton Friedman

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway
is usually a poor judge of distance.
- Laurence J. Peter

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance,
whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
- David Elkind

I love decorating my home.
I'm a gardener too, so that's usually something I have to play catch up with.
- Suzy Bogguss

Politicians and diapers need to be changed regularly,
usually for the same reason.
- Anonymous

It is usually the imagination that is wounded first,
rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is usually people in the money business,
finance, and international trade that are really rich.
- Robin Leach

The big difference between sex for money and sex for
free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.
- Brendan Behan

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse
that progress requires them are not really progress at all,
but just terrible things.
- Russell Baker

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts
filed away just below the conscious level.
- Joyce Brothers

Don't take it personally -
it's not usually about you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like
doing for their babies is usually best after all.
- Benjamin Spock

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

The best things in life are usually difficult.
- Dirk Benedict

When I look back over my novels what I find is that
when I think I'm finished with a theme,
I'm generally not.
And usually themes will recur from novel to novel in odd,
new guises.
- Richard Russo

The movies I usually do are maybe three or four weeks
because they don't have a lot of money.
- Catherine Keener

People have forgotten how to tell a story.
Stories don't have a middle or an end any more.
They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.
- Steven Spielberg

People who say, 'Let the chips fall where they may,'
usually figure they will not be hit by a chip.
- Bern Williams

If I'm not interested in a woman, I'm straight-forward.
Right after sex, I usually say, 'I can't do this anymore.
Thanks for coming over!'
- Vince Vaughn

The accolades usually come when you're dead or too old to get a job.
- John Frankenheimer

A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.
- Edgar Watson Howe

My harmony is passable but is usually made more eloquent
at the hands of Steve Hamilton.
- Bill Bruford

When a performance isn't working, it's usually because
the actor is trying to do something and they're not
able to express their idea very well.
It's a muddled expression.
- Casey Affleck

The bore is usually considered a harmless creature,
or of that class of irrationa bipeds who hurt only themselves.
- Maria Edgeworth

The very greatest things - great thoughts,
discoveries, inventions - have usually been nurtured in hardship,
often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty.
- Samuel Smiles

These small shows were decidedly a success.
The exhibitions were not too large to be seen easily.
It was not an effort, as larger collections of pictures usually are.
- Childe Hassam

Then going out on the ice usually about 15 minutes
before and certain things I would do for the different races,
aspects that you run through your mind.
- Eric Heiden

Happiness and virtue rest upon each other;
the best are not only the happiest,
but the happiest are usually the best.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Usually, I get hired because I'm tall.
- Peter Falk

I'm not usually attracted to big-budget American films.
- Ian Hart


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