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" 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. "
" The fire burns as the novel taught it how. "
" Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them. "
" The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it. "
" Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility. "
" The poet is the priest of the invisible. "
" A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have. "
" Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof. "
" The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. "
" I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after. "
" 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. "
" Money is a kind of poetry. "
" 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. "
" As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible. "
" The imagination is man's power over nature. "
" 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. "
" After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs. "
" Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. "
" The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. "
" Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise! "
" One's ignorance is one's chief asset. "
" In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature. "
" Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art. "
" Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires. "
" To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind. "
" A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. "
" One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be. "
" It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom. "
" 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. "
" In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all. "