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Wallace Stevens Quotes

30 Wallace Stevens quotes:

"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.''"
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: Music Quotes
"Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking."
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes Accuracy Quotes
"Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints."
"Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them."
"It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom."
"I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after."
"Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility."
"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."
"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."
"Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore."
"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."
"I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after"
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes
"Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!"
"To be young is all there is in the world. They talk so beautifully about work and having a family and a home (and I do, too, sometimes) --but it's all worry and head-aches and respectable poverty and forced gushing. Telling people how nice it is, when, in reality, you would give all of your last thirty years for one of your first thirty. Old people are tremendous frauds."
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: Youth Quotes
"A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman."
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: Poetry Quotes
"How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?"
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"The imagination is man's power over nature."
"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."
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: Fiction Quotes
"Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into."
"After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs."

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