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" After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs. "
" We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark. "
" 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. "
" The point of vision and desire are the same. "
" Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. "
" As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible. "
" The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening. "
" It can never be satisfied, the mind, never. "
" The imagination is man's power over nature. "
" I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after. "
" Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility. "
" Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them. "
" 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 genuine artist is never 'true to life.' He sees what is real, but not as we are normally aware of it. We do not go storming through life like actors in a play. Art is never real life. "
" A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. "
" Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires. "
" Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise! "
" Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic. "
" The fire burns as the novel taught it how. "
" Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking. "
" How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture. "
" Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art. "
" One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be. "
" The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. "
" The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. "
" The poet is the priest of the invisible. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" New York is a field of tireless and antagonistic interests undoubtedly fascinating but horribly unreal. Everybody is looking at everybody else a foolish crowd walking on mirrors. "
" In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature. "
" The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it. "