Wallace Stevens

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Wallace Stevens

Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Democritus plucked his eye out because he could not look at a woman without thinking of her as a woman. If he had read a few of our novels, he would have torn himself to pieces.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Most modern reproducers of life, even including the camera, really repudiate it. We gulp down evil, choke at good.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All the great things have been denied and we live in an intricacy of new and local mythologies, political, economic, poetic, which are asserted with an ever-enlarging incoherence.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
They said, You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are. The man replied, Things as they are changed upon a blue guitar.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The poet is the priest of the invisible.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Union of the weakest develops strength not wisdom. Can all men, together, avenge one of the leaves that have fallen in autumn? But the wise man avenges by building his city in snow.More Wallace Stevens [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Death is the mother of Beauty hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires.More Wallace Stevens [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after.More Wallace Stevens [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs.More Wallace Stevens [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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