Quotes by Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens

American poet

Lived from: 1879 - 1955

Category: Poets (Contemporary) Country: FlagUnited States

Born: 2 october 1879 Died: 2 august 1955

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  • All the great things have been denied and we live in an intricacy of new and local mythologies, political, economic, poetic, which are asserted with an ever-enlarging incoherence.
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  • As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
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  • 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.
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  • Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
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  • 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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  • How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?
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  • If some really acute observer made as much of egotism as Freud has made of sex, people would forget a good deal about sex and find the explanation for everything in egotism.
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  • Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.
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  • It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
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  • Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
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  • One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be.
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  • Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.
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  • Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
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  • Poetry is the supreme fiction.
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  • Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • The genuine artist is never ''true to life.'' He sees what is real, but not as we are normally aware of it. We do not go storming through life like actors in a play. Art is never real life.
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  • The imagination is man's power over nature.
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  • The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.
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