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" The imagination is man's power over nature. "
" The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence. "
" 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. "
" It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom. "
" Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. "
" We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark. "
" 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. "
" Money is a kind of poetry. "
" 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. "
" 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 only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. "
" The poet is the priest of the invisible. "
" 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. "
" A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have. "
" Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires. "
" The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire. "
" Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking. "
" As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible. "
" 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. "
" In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature. "
" A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. "
" Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic. "
" I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after. "
" One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be. "
" The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. "
" The point of vision and desire are the same. "
" How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture. "
" Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them. "
" After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs. "
" It can never be satisfied, the mind, never. "
" In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all. "