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Norman MacCaig Quotes and Sayings

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I'm very gregarious, but I love being in the hills on my own.
- Norman MacCaig

Related topics: Nature

When I was a teacher, teachers would come into my classroom
and admire my desk on which lay nothing whatever,
whereas theirs were heaped with papers and books.
- Norman MacCaig

I used to fish the Border rivers, but nowadays you
have to queue up for a shot and I can't stand that.
- Norman MacCaig

When I talk of hearing a poet's voice speaking,
I always think of it as in the presence of the man.
- Norman MacCaig

 

I used to have a great love for Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy,
the big boys of the last century.
- Norman MacCaig

I was very interested in American poetry for many years.
Much less now.
- Norman MacCaig

However, I learned something.
I thought that if the young person, the student,
has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like
offering a propeller to a bird.
- Norman MacCaig

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I don't think of myself all the time.
- Norman MacCaig

But I hang on to books.
I love them.
I even think they're very nice decor in a room -
far better than paintings...
That's not quite true!
- Norman MacCaig

I said I have no powers of invention.
Well, I also have no powers of mimicry.
- Norman MacCaig

And the second question, can poetry be taught? I didn't think so.
- Norman MacCaig

And it's impossible for me to read Henry James.
- Norman MacCaig

And if they haven't got poetry in them,
there's nothing you can do that will produce it.
- Norman MacCaig

I never think about poetry except when I'm writing it.
I mean my poetry.
- Norman MacCaig

But you'd have a job to find many of my poems which
would seem to be very influenced by a particular person.
- Norman MacCaig

When I go fishing I like to know that there's nobody within five miles of me.
- Norman MacCaig

Well, I'm a light traveller.
I chuck things away.
- Norman MacCaig

I only keep books that I like very much.
Otherwise I'd throw them out.
- Norman MacCaig

When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought,
you can't teach poetry.
This is ridiculous.
- Norman MacCaig

People haven't got the interest in long long works these days.
A lack of interest which I share.
- Norman MacCaig

I find it's impossible for me to read Proust.
- Norman MacCaig

A terrible thing about getting oldish is that your friends start dying,
and in the last ten years I have lost seven or eight of my closest.
- Norman MacCaig

If I wrote a play with four characters every single
one of them would talk like me regardless of age or sex.
- Norman MacCaig

Anybody who writes doesn't like to be misunderstood.
- Norman MacCaig

I don't care whether a book is a first edition or not.
I'm not a bibliophile in that word's natural sense.
- Norman MacCaig

All I write about is what's happened to me and to people I know,
and the better I know them, the more likely they are to be written about.
- Norman MacCaig

All those authors there, most of whom of course I've never met.
That's the poetry side, that's the prose side,
that's the fishing and miscellaneous behind me.
You get an affection for books that you've enjoyed.
- Norman MacCaig

Well, I love fishing.
I wouldn't kill a fly myself but I've no hesitation in killing a fish.
A lot of men are like that.
No bother.
Out you come.
Thump.
And that's not the only reason.
- Norman MacCaig

And some poets are far better read off the page because
they're very bad speakers.
I'm thinking of one in particular whom I won't name,
a good poet, and he reads in such a dry,
boring way, your eyes start drooping.
- Norman MacCaig

And in a way, that's been a help to me,
because I take great passions for a particular poet -
sometimes it lasts for many years,
sometimes only for a while.
This happens to everybody.
- Norman MacCaig

In fact a lot of them I think are absolute baloney.
Those Charles Olsens and people like that.
At first I was interested in seeing what they were up to,
what they were doing, why they were doing it.
They never moved me in the way that one is moved by true poetry.
- Norman MacCaig

It's like breathing in and out to me.
It's like having a conversation with someone who isn't there.
Because it has to be addressed to somebody -
not a particular person,
or very rarely.
- Norman MacCaig

There are some friends you don't meet for twenty years
and when you meet them again it's as if no twenty years has happened -
you're lucky when that happens.
I feel the same about books.
- Norman MacCaig

I'm not a very gregarious person.
I can't bear attention being called to me in a public place,
which is ridiculous in a business that pays you to be noticed.
- Gabriel Byrne

Steve is very quiet, even shy.
I am very gregarious.
So, opposites.
- Jayne Meadows

The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal,
not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which
can individuate itself only in the midst of society.
- Karl Marx

A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels,
has mental experiences which are at once more intense
and less articulate than those of a gregarious man.
- Thomas Mann

I wish I was a little more gregarious and outgoing.
- Dan Fogelberg

I'm the most gregarious of men and love good company,
but never less alone when alone.
- Peter O'Toole

The average person is gregarious; there is something
in the spirit of the crowd that adds to the enjoyment of entertainment.
- Ivor Novello

I am tired of angry feminists.
I like my women happy, gregarious...
and bathed.
- Evan Sayet

The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people
goes back to ancient Egypt.
Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that,
being stupid, affectionate, gregarious,
and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep
are most like human ones.
- Northrop Frye

It's not easy to strap yourself down to a desk and
bash on a keyboard when you know you can direct lots of films,
because directing films is fun and interactive and gregarious.
Writing isn't.
- Guy Ritchie

It's a marvellous life, a gregarious life that we've had.
We're very lucky in that way.
Unlike writers or painters, we don't sit down in front
of a blank canvas and say,
'How do I start? Where do I start?'
- Albert Finney

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

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

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

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

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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