66 Total Quotes

Wallace Stevens Quotes

Wallace Stevens
After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs.
Wallace Stevens
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Wallace Stevens
Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.
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Wallace Stevens
Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into.
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Wallace Stevens
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.
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Wallace Stevens
Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
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Wallace Stevens
Beauty is momentary in the mind / The fitful tracing of a portal; / But in the flesh it is immortal. / The body dies; the body's beauty lives.
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Wallace Stevens
I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after
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Wallace Stevens
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.
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Wallace Stevens
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.
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Wallace Stevens
Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
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Wallace Stevens
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.
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Wallace Stevens
Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.
Wallace Stevens
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Wallace Stevens
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.
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Wallace Stevens
How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.
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Wallace Stevens
Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
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Wallace Stevens
Money is a kind of poetry.
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Wallace Stevens
Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
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Wallace Stevens
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.
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Wallace Stevens
Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
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Wallace Stevens
I can't make head or tail of Life. Love is a fine thing, Art is a fine thing, Nature is a fine thing; but the average human mind and spirit are confusing beyond measure. Sometimes I think that all our learning is the little learning of the maxim. To laugh at a Roman awe-stricken in a sacred grove is to laugh at something today.
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Wallace Stevens
Most modern reproducers of life, even including the camera, really repudiate it. We gulp down evil, choke at good.
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Wallace Stevens
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.
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#Myth

Wallace Stevens
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.
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#Fiction

Wallace Stevens
The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.
Wallace Stevens
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Wallace Stevens
It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
Wallace Stevens
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