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Wallace Stevens Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Wallace Stevens.

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
- Wallace Stevens

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A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

The imagination is man's power over nature.
- Wallace Stevens

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
- Wallace Stevens

 

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.
- Wallace Stevens

Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her,
alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires.
- Wallace Stevens

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.
- Wallace Stevens

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Everything is complicated; if that were not so,
life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
- Wallace Stevens

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.
- Wallace Stevens

A poem need not have a meaning and like most things
in nature often does not have.
- Wallace Stevens

How full of trifles everything is!
It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.
- Wallace Stevens

Our bloom is gone.
We are the fruit thereof.
- Wallace Stevens

Thought is an infection.
In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
- Wallace Stevens

As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
- Wallace Stevens

The fire burns as the novel taught it how.
- Wallace Stevens

Money is a kind of poetry.
- Wallace Stevens

I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections,
Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling,
Or just after.
- Wallace Stevens

Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature
than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
- Wallace Stevens

Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers
than to go along with them.
- Wallace Stevens

New York is a field of tireless and antagonistic interests
undoubtedly fascinating but horribly unreal.
Everybody is looking at everybody else a foolish crowd walking on mirrors.
- Wallace Stevens

In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature.
- Wallace Stevens

The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.
- Wallace Stevens

The point of vision and desire are the same.
- Wallace Stevens

Reality is not what it is.
It consists of the many realities which it can be made into.
- Wallace Stevens

The most beautiful thing in the world is,
of course, the world itself.
- Wallace Stevens

One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there
are so many more important things to be.
- Wallace Stevens

The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire.
- Wallace Stevens

One's ignorance is one's chief asset.
- Wallace Stevens

After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes
the future of the world hangs.
- Wallace Stevens

Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration
itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.
- Wallace Stevens

In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the
images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
- Wallace Stevens

We say God and the imagination are one...
How high that highest candle lights the dark.
- Wallace Stevens

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.
- Wallace Stevens

The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.
- Wallace Stevens

The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists.
The poet merely enjoys existence.
- Wallace Stevens

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.
- Wallace Stevens

It can never be satisfied, the mind,
never.
- Wallace Stevens

The poet is the priest of the invisible.
- Wallace Stevens

If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations,
the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself,
it might rival it in distribution.
- Wallace Stevens

It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars,
who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
- Wallace Stevens

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.
- Wallace Stevens

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.
- Wallace Stevens

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.
- Wallace Stevens

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

My compassionate intents are generally received clearly
and acted upon - perhaps not immediately,
or in exactly the way I hope -
but acted upon favorably, nonetheless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

I must uphold my ideals,
for perhaps the time will come
when I shall be able to carry them out.
- Anne Frank

A state of expectancy is a great asset;
a state of uncertainty -
one moment thinking "perhaps"
and the next moment thinking "I don't know" -
will never get desired results.
- Ernest Holmes

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful;
perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.
- Norman Vincent Peale

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I seldom think about my limitations,
and they never make me sad.
Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times;
but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
- Helen Keller

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns
to be amused rather than shocked.
- Pearl S. Buck

Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Smile.
Today would be a wonderful day
not to take life so seriously.
Today may end up the way you prefer -
and it may not.
Happiness is not about being a winner -
it's about being gentle with life -
being gentle with yourself.
Let life be a dance,
and choose the kind of
dance you want for today -
perhaps a gentle loving dance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God is Within You!
You yourself are the creator.
If you find that place within you
from which you brought this thing about,
you will be able to live with it and affirm it,
perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.
- Joseph Campbell

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
- Dr. Seuss

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
- Claude Monet

Perhaps life is just that...
a dream and a fear.
- Joseph Conrad


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