John Ciardi Quotes


22 John Ciardi quotes:



"Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone."
"What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen, and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down."
"It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions."
"Poetry lies its way to the truth."
"A dollar saved is a quarter earned."
"You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone"
"You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone."
"Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope."
"A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse."
"Every game ever invented by mankind, is a way of making things hard for the fun of it!"
"The day will happen whether or not you get up."
"There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation."
"Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than the act of surviving his need for character."
"Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen."
"A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea."
"The reader deserves an honest opinion. If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow."
"You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone"
Author: Ciardi Quotes Category: Suffering Quotes
"A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students."
"Written by a sponge dipped in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar."
"The classroom should be an entrance into the world, not an escape from it."



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