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" 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. "
" In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all. "
" One's ignorance is one's chief asset. "
" 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. "
" How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture. "
" Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking. "
" A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. "
" The fire burns as the novel taught it how. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into. "
" The imagination is man's power over nature. "
" 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. "
" Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise! "
" Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. "
" 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. "
" In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of 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. "
" Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. "
" A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have. "
" We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark. "
" 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. "
" The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence. "
" 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. "
" As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible. "
" The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it. "
" Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic. "
" The poet is the priest of the invisible. "
" The point of vision and desire are the same. "
" The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. "