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" Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. "
" Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them. "
" It can never be satisfied, the mind, never. "
" The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it. "
" I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after. "
" Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof. "
" The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. "
" Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. "
" 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. "
" As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible. "
" In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature. "
" 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. "
" Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art. "
" The imagination is man's power over nature. "
" Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires. "
" The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence. "
" It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom. "
" The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. "
" A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have. "
" How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture. "
" One's ignorance is one's chief asset. "
" 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. "
" The fire burns as the novel taught it how. "
" We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark. "
" Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. "
" After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs. "
" Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into. "
" The poet is the priest of the invisible. "