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" The fire burns as the novel taught it how. "
" 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. "
" One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be. "
" 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. "
" Money is a kind of poetry. "
" Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. "
" The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all. "
" As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible. "
" After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs. "
" Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. "
" Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires. "
" The imagination is man's power over nature. "
" 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 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. "
" The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence. "
" The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. "
" Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art. "
" How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture. "
" The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire. "
" One's ignorance is one's chief asset. "
" We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark. "
" Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into. "
" Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic. "
" Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them. "
" The poet is the priest of the invisible. "
" 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. "
" Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof. "