1968 Total Quotes

American Poet Quotes Page 8

The more you let yourself be distracted from where you are going, the more you are the person that you are. It's not so much like getting lost as it is like getting found.
William Stafford
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E. E. Cummings
To be nobody but yourself in a world that's doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.
E. E. Cummings
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They, that unnamed "they," they've knocked me down but I got up. I always get up-and I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall; nothing moves a mountain but itself. They, I've long ago named them me.
Gregory Corso
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Robert Frost
Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I'll forgive Thy great big joke on me.
Robert Frost
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Maya Angelou
The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
Maya Angelou
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Carl Sandburg
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Carl Sandburg
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Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we burn.
Delmore Schwartz
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The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.
Joseph Brodsky
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Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the Most beautiful thing in the world, A limited, limiting clarity I have not and never did have any Motive of poetry But to achieve clarity.
George Oppen
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Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover: if not as a guide through the world, then as a yardstick for the language.
Joseph Brodsky
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Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
Ezra Pound
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Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Don Marquis
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Is there something we have forgotten? Some precious thing we have lost, wandering in strange lands?
Arna Bontemps
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A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
Ezra Pound
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When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.
Margaret Walker
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In the simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where she wants and gets up and goes.
John Erskine
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I listen to jazz about three hours a day. I love Louis Armstrong.
Philip Levine
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Successful people are the ones who think up things for the rest of the world to keep busy at.
Don Marquis
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E. E. Cummings
A politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man.
E. E. Cummings
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Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul.
Walt Whitman
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Shel Silverstein
I will not play tug o' war. I'd rather play hug o' war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.
Shel Silverstein
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Shel Silverstein
If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain't enough!
Shel Silverstein
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Emily Dickinson
Drab Habitation of Whom? Tabernacle or Tomb - or Dome of Worm - or Porch of Gnome - or some Elf's Catacomb?
Emily Dickinson
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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.
Wallace Stevens
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Here we have a baby. It is composed of a bald head and a pair of lungs.
Eugene Field
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If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it the light of the oncoming train.
Robert Lowell
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William Cullen Bryant
All that tread, the globe are but a handful to the tribes, that slumber in its bosom.
William Cullen Bryant
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Ogden Nash
A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
Ogden Nash
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We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.
Don Marquis
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E. E. Cummings
I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
E. E. Cummings
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