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Thom Gunn Quotes and Sayings

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I notice that students, particularly for gay students,
it's too easy to write about my last trick or something.
It's not very interesting to the reader.
- Thom Gunn

There have been two popular subjects for poetry in the last few decades:
the Vietnam War and AIDS,
about both of which almost all of us have felt deeply.
- Thom Gunn

I don't think of sex as a self-destructive impulse.
- Thom Gunn

I deliberately wrote a poem in my last book where I
was suggesting that there are other passions as great
as or more important than the passion of sex.
- Thom Gunn

 

I work best in rhyme and meter.
I was most confident of myself in that way.
- Thom Gunn

I admired what my students were writing,
but I think their improvement doesn't directly result
from me but from being in a class,
being with each other.
- Thom Gunn

We tend to put poems into factions.
And it restricts our reading.
- Thom Gunn

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I had assumed that I would age with all my friends growing old around me,
dying off very gradually one by one.
And here was a plague that cut them off so early.
- Thom Gunn

We control the content of our dreams.
- Thom Gunn

I deliberately decided to write a kind of guide to
leather bars for straight people,
for people not into leather, so that people could see what it was all about.
- Thom Gunn

I was much influenced by Jean-Paul Sartre.
- Thom Gunn

As humans we look at things and think about what we've looked at.
We treasure it in a kind of private art gallery.
- Thom Gunn

When I first started teaching at Berkeley in 1958,
I could not announce that I was gay to anybody,
though probably quite a few of my fellow teachers knew.
- Thom Gunn

When I first started to write, I was aware of being queer,
but I didn't write about it.
Queer poems would probably not have been accepted by
the editors I sent them to.
- Thom Gunn

I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in
the '60s at San Francisco State,
and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit:
one was Elizabeth Bishop.
- Thom Gunn

Many of my poems are not sexual.
- Thom Gunn

I haven't written anything in four years.
I'm sort of dried up.
- Thom Gunn

I was reading the poems of Rochester.
Rochester made himself out to be bisexual,
but I think that was only to shock.
Most of his poetry is sexual, even pornographic.
- Thom Gunn

When I was an undergraduate I had very badly annotated
editions of Shakespeare's sonnets,
all of which left out the important fact that will
has a sexual sense in Shakespeare's sonnets.
- Thom Gunn

I try not to observe myself in the process of composing
a poem because I don't want to come up with a formula,
which I would then be unscrupulous in using.
- Thom Gunn

We learned in the university to consider Wordsworth and Keats as Romantics.
They were only a generation apart, but Wordsworth didn't
even read Keats's book when he gave him a copy.
- Thom Gunn

Deep feeling doesn't make for good poetry.
A way with language would be a bit of help.
- Thom Gunn

I don't know how to sit outside myself and test against
a hypothetical self who stayed home.
- Thom Gunn

I think most men, heterosexual and homosexual,
enjoy being considered sexual objects.
- Thom Gunn

My old teacher's definition of poetry is an attempt to understand.
- Thom Gunn

While I don't satisfy my curiosity about the way I work,
I'm terribly curious about the way other poets work.
But I would think that's true about many of us.
- Thom Gunn

Ginsberg's Collected Poems contains a wonderful poem
about making it with Neal Cassady.
- Thom Gunn

It was difficult being a teacher and out of the closet in the '50s.
By the time I retired, the English department was proud
of having a gay poet of a certain minor fame.
It was a very satisfactory change!
- Thom Gunn

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.
- Ashley Smith PHOTO

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

We should meet abuse by forbearance.
Human nature is so constituted that
if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse,
the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Rainbows and butterflies are themselves beautiful and highly symbolic,
but they are also representative of
all the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most of us are prisoners of habit,
and don't even notice that we do the same things,
think the same things, want the same things each day -
mostly without conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you're drowning, you don't say,
"I would be incredibly pleased if someone
would have the foresight to notice
me drowning and come and help me,"
you just scream.
- John Lennon

In case you failed to notice,
in case you failed to see,
this is my heart,
bleeding before you,
this is me down on my knees.
- Jewel

The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
- Thomas Jefferson

We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone.
Freedom is like that. It's like air.
When you have it, you don't notice it.
- Boris Yeltsin

You may not be able to read a doctor's handwriting and prescription,
but you'll notice his bills are neatly typewritten.
- Earl Wilson

I think one of the finest gifts I can give
my friends in the holiday season is to pause
with a long enough quality to actually SEE them.
My calm, unhurried presence communicates
this gift of a message, "I see you. I recognize you.
I remember our times of together
and am contributing right now to another quality memory.
I value you and honor and take the time,
right this moment to pause long enough to truly notice you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color
purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
- Alice Walker

A signal is comprehended if it serves to make us notice
the object or situation it bespeaks.
A symbol is understood when we conceive the idea it presents.
- Susanne Langer

Public notice does not necessarily accord with internal fulfillment.
- Michael Tippett

A good upbringing means not that you won't spill sauce on the tablecloth,
but that you won't notice it when someone else does.
- Anton Chekhov

I see myself as 38, but you don't notice it.
- Michael Caine

I've always just worked and tried to do as good a job
as possible so that the people who are watching me took notice.
That's what's helped me be successful today.
- Maria Bartiromo

Nobody will ever notice that.
Filmmaking is not about the tiny details.
It's about the big picture.
- Ed Wood

The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us
to notice what we never expected to see.
- John Tuley

I think there is a rage against women.
I've come to see that now although at the time I did not notice it.
I was preoccupied with my teaching and my writing.
- Marguerite Young

Sometimes I'll be playing along and find I'm missing the strings.
I'll worry about it for days until I notice that the
pick has worn down to half its size.
- Terry Kath

Their diet is basically boiled vegetables,
fish and rice.
No fat, no sugar.
You notice when you live there that there are no fat people.
- Arsene Wenger

A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted,
save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
- George Jean Nathan

One must always be aware, to notice even though the
cost of noticing is to become responsible.
- Thylias Moss

Everyone here says in a surprised manner that I have grown...
they are so stupid and do not notice that I am standing up straighter!
- Anna Freud

Every star has that certain something that stands out
and compels us to notice them.
- Maureen O'Hara

My husband travels a lot with his job,
so we have a lot of frequent flyer miles so we can
hop on a plane with no notice.
That's a nice luxury and he is very supportive.
- Jeri Ryan

And most countries are now reducing the number of conscripts
and increasing the professionals that are available
because they're available on short notice.
- Lord Robertson

Poor people have more fun than rich people,
they say; and I notice it's the rich people who keep saying it.
- Jack Paar

I do notice that when I've been away and I come back to London.
People look at you.
People are ready to pick arguments.
- Colin Firth

I am just learning to notice the different colors of the stars,
and already begin to have a new enjoyment.
- Maria Mitchell

I notice when I'm on these trips, I read like mad.
It's the only thing that seems to center me,
bring me back to remembering who I am.
Or forgetting who I am!
- Judith Guest

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes.
Men who like women never notice what they wear.
- Anatole France

Other people notice the same things but they don't
think to put it to music.
- Ian Hunter

Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp,
so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.
- Charles Dudley Warner

You do not notice changes in what is always before you.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

The first war zone was declared by Great Britain.
She gave us and the world notice of it on the 4th day of November,
1914.
The zone became effective Nov.
5, 1914.
- George William Norris

The State, in choosing men to serve it,
takes no notice of their opinions.
If they be willing faithfully to serve it,
that satisfies.
- Oliver Cromwell

If you wish to draw off the people from a bad or wicked custom,
you must beat up for a march; you must make an excitement,
do something that everybody will notice.
- Lewis Tappan

Most successes are unhappy.
That's why they are successes - they have to reassure
themselves about themselves by achieving something
that the world will notice.
- Agatha Christie


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