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" A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have. "
" Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. "
" One's ignorance is one's chief asset. "
" The imagination is man's power over nature. "
" Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into. "
" It can never be satisfied, the mind, never. "
" The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire. "
" It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom. "
" The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. "
" The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it. "
" Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic. "
" Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them. "
" How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture. "
" The fire burns as the novel taught it how. "
" Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom. "
" Money is a kind of poetry. "
" If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations, the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself, it might rival it in distribution. "
" The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence. "
" What our eyes behold may well be the text of life but one's meditations on the text and the disclosures of these meditations are no less a part of the structure of reality. "
" Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires. "
" Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking. "
" The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. "
" In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all. "
" I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after. "
" A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. "
" After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs. "
" The point of vision and desire are the same. "
" Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress. "
" The poet is the priest of the invisible. "
" Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof. "
" If some really acute observer made as much of egotism as Freud has made of sex, people would forget a good deal about sex and find the explanation for everything in egotism. "