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William Stafford Quotes

20 William Stafford quotes:

"Some time when the river is ice ask memistakes I have made. Ask me whetherwhat I have done is my life. Othershave come in their slow way intomy thought, and some have tried to helpor to hurt: ask me what differencetheir strongest love or hate has made."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Mistakes Quotes
"If you don't know the kind of person I amand I don't know the kind of person you area pattern that others made may prevail in the worldand following the wrong god home we may miss our star."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Kindness Quotes
"Let the bucket of memory down into the well,bring it up. Cool, cool minutes. No onestirring, no plans. Just being there."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Memory Quotes
"When I dream at night, they save a place for me,no matter how small, somewhere by the fire."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Fire Quotes
"I embrace emerging experience.I participate in discovery.I am a butterfly.I am not a butterfly collector.I want the experience of the butterfly."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Discovery Quotes
"I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Discovery Quotes
"I'll be me, but I don't like it."
"Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music."
"These words that occur to me come out of my relation to the language which is developing even as I am using it."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Language Quotes
"I am a person a dictionary-maker has to contend with. I am a living evidence in the development of language."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Living Quotes
"Poetry is the kind of thing you have to see from the corner of your eye. You can be too well prepared for poetry. A conscientious interest in it is worse than no interest at all. . . . It's like a very faint star. If you look straight at it you can't see it, but if you look a little to one side it is there."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Poetry Quotes
"A great snug wall goes around everything, has always been there, will always remain. It is a good world to be lost in. It comforts you. It is all right. And you sleep."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Sleep Quotes
"The saddest are those not right in their lives who are acting to make things right for others: they act only from the self -- and that self will never be right: no luck, no help, no wisdom."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Wisdom Quotes
"Security of character would be like a compass, you know? Other people may say that this way is north, or this way might be north. But the compass just says -- north. That's what we count on."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Character Quotes
"I think language does bring us together. Fragile and misleading as it is, it's the best communication we've got, and poetry is language at its most intense and potentially fulfilling. Poems do bring people together."
"And sometimes when they look in the firethey see time going on and someone alone,but they don't say anything."
Author: Stafford Quotes Category: Fire Quotes
"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."
"I have woven a parachute out of everything broken."
"I just kept on doing what everyone starts out doing. The real question is, why did other people stop?"
"You don't need many words if you already know what you're talking about."

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