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" 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. "
" Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art. "
" 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. "
" Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them. "
" 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. "
" 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 reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire. "
" 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. "
" Money is a kind of poetry. "
" After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs. "
" The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it. "
" As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible. "
" The poet is the priest of the invisible. "
" The fire burns as the novel taught it how. "
" 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. "
" The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence. "
" One's ignorance is one's chief asset. "
" Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic. "
" 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. "
" Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. "
" I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after. "
" In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all. "
" The imagination is man's power over 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. "
" The point of vision and desire are the same. "
" 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. "
" Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. "
" In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature. "
" Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility. "