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" One's ignorance is one's chief asset. "
" Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art. "
" Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into. "
" The point of vision and desire are the same. "
" The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence. "
" After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs. "
" In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature. "
" The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. "
" 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. "
" Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic. "
" Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof. "
" Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. "
" The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. "
" 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. "
" As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible. "
" Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility. "
" 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. "
" A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have. "
" 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. "
" Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom. "
" It can never be satisfied, the mind, never. "
" The fire burns as the novel taught it how. "
" 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 way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it. "
" We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark. "
" Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires. "
" How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture. "