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" Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic. "
" 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 philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence. "
" In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all. "
" The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire. "
" Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires. "
" 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. "
" I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after. "
" How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture. "
" Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art. "
" Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark. "
" 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. "
" In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature. "
" One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be. "
" The poet is the priest of the invisible. "
" Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise! "
" A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. "
" 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 most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. "
" As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible. "
" Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. "
" It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom. "
" Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking. "