27 Total Quotes

John Ciardi Quotes

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist #College

A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone
John Ciardi
#Adolescence

Poetry lies its way to the truth.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist #Lies And Lying

Written by a sponge dipped in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar.
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#English Dramatist

A dollar saved is a quarter earned.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

The reader deserves an honest opinion. If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
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#English Dramatist

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.
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#English Dramatist

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation
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#Moderation

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone
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#Money

Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than the act of surviving his need for character.
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#English Dramatist

The day will happen whether or not you get up.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen, and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
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#English Dramatist

It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

Every game ever invented by mankind, is a way of making things hard for the fun of it!
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone
John Ciardi
#Suffering

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
John Ciardi
#English Dramatist