Wallace Stevens Quotes

30 Wallace Stevens quotes:

"How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?"
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into."
"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."
"Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic."
"In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of 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
"The imagination is man's power over nature."
"Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake."
"After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs."
"The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence."
"A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have."
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: American Poet Quotes Meaning Quotes
"Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints."
"A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman."
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: Poetry Quotes
"Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them."
"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
"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."
"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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