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Seamus Heaney Quotes and Sayings

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The fact of the matter is that the most unexpected
and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself -
as a vocation and an elevation almost.
- Seamus Heaney

In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable
as a ring of truth within the medium itself.
- Seamus Heaney

As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens,
our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of
crediting the positive note.
- Seamus Heaney

Whether it be a matter of personal relations within
a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process,
there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit.
- Seamus Heaney

 

The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.
- Seamus Heaney

My point is there's a hidden Scotland in anyone who
speaks the Northern Ireland speech.
It's a terrific complicating factor,
not just in Northern Ireland,
but Ireland generally.
- Seamus Heaney

Even if the last move did not succeed,
the inner command says move again.
- Seamus Heaney

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I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.
- Seamus Heaney

I have begun to think of life as a series of ripples
widening out from an original center.
- Seamus Heaney

At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance,
an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.
- Seamus Heaney

Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed,
hope has to be maintained.
- Seamus Heaney

Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last
grow up to that which we stored up as we grew.
- Seamus Heaney

Write whatever you like!
- Seamus Heaney

A public expectation, it has to be said,
not of poetry as such but of political positions variously
approvable by mutually disapproving groups.
- Seamus Heaney

Then as the years went on and my listening became more deliberate,
I would climb up on an arm of our big sofa to get my
ear closer to the wireless speaker.
- Seamus Heaney

Poetry is always slightly mysterious,
and you wonder what is your relationship to it.
- Seamus Heaney

Without needing to be theoretically instructed,
consciousness quickly realizes that it is the site
of variously contending discourses.
- Seamus Heaney

The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from,
and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are
often very intimate also.
- Seamus Heaney

I suppose you could say my father's world was Thomas
Hardy and my mother's D.H.
Lawrence.
- Seamus Heaney

I always believed that whatever had to be written would
somehow get itself written.
- Seamus Heaney

I've always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift,
of joy, of unexpected reward.
- Seamus Heaney

There is risk and truth to yourselves and the world before you.
- Seamus Heaney

When I first encountered the name of the city of Stockholm,
I little thought that I would ever visit it,
never mind end up being welcomed to it as a guest of
the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Foundation.
- Seamus Heaney

But that citizen's perception was also at one with
the truth in recognizing that the very brutality of
the means by which the IRA were pursuing change was
destructive of the trust upon which new possibilities would have to be based.
- Seamus Heaney

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

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

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.
- Charles R. Swindoll

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time;
it exists in the past and the future.
And remember, time consists of only two tenses,
the past and the future.
The present is not part of time,
the present is part of eternity.
- Osho

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than success,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past ...
we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you ...
we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fact that I exist is a perpetual surprise.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind,
and that state of the mind can only be described
by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time
to save money is when you have some.
- Joe Moore

Every known fact in natural science was divined
by the presentiment of somebody,
before it was actually verified.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does
not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton,
they laughed at the Wright brothers.
But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
- Carl Sagan

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition.
The immature mind often mistakes one for the other,
or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy -
in fact, they're almost incompatible;
one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.
Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil.
- Robert Heinlein

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability
of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth
can ever turn it into a fact.
- Honore de Balzac

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the
fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
- Gerhard Schroeder

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the
refrigerator are so far apart,
some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
- Joey Adams

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact.
And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
- John Lennon

Thirty was so strange for me.
I've really had to come to terms with the fact that
I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb
cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate.
- Dave Barry

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded.
In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives,
but still hidden from the public, is that most things
get better by themselves;
most things,
in fact, are better in the morning.
- Lewis Thomas

It is a fact that cannot be denied:
the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness
because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.
- Carl Jung

The path I am trying so hard to follow is in fact the
one that God my Father and His Son Jesus Christ want me to pursue.
It has brought me deep happiness.
- Clayton Christensen

Artists to my mind are the real architects of change,
and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
- William S. Burroughs

In spite of all the yearnings of men,
no one can produce a single fact or reason to support
the belief in God and in personal immortality.
- Clarence Darrow

And, as a matter of fact, I am the chairman of the
Amadou Diallo Foundation.
- David Dinkins

My mom and dad just loved the fact that I fooled around.
They just embraced it.
They'd always kind of enjoy it, and they liked it when I made them laugh.
- Dominic Monaghan

Space is almost infinite.
As a matter of fact, we think it is infinite.
- Dan Quayle

The hard fact is that not everyone does get published.
- Rudy Rucker

A man is not primarily a witness against something.
That is only incidental to the fact that he is a witness for something.
- Whittaker Chambers


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