Wallace Stevens Quotes

Wallace Stevens Quotes: Freedom is like a man who kills himselfEach night, an incessant butcher, whose knifeGrows sharp in blood.
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Wallace Stevens Quote: The imagination loses vitality as it ceases to adhere to what is real. When it adheres to the unreal and intensifies what is unreal, while its first effect may be extraordinary, that effect is the maximum effect that it will ever have.
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Quotes about Wallace Stevens: Make the visible a little hard to see.
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Quote about 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.
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Wallace Stevens Sayings: The subject matter... is not that collection of solid, static objects extended in space but the life that is lived in the scene that it composes...
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Wallace Stevens Saying: The poet's function is to make his imagination . . . become the light in the mind of others. His role, in short, is to help people to live their lives.
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Sayings about Wallace Stevens: You know that the nucleus of a time is notThe poet but the poem, the growth of the mindOf the world, the heroic effort to live expressedAs victory. The poet does not speak in ruinsNor stand there making orotund consolations.He shares the confusions of intelligence.
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Saying about Wallace Stevens: Death is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers.
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Wallace Stevens Quotes: To a large extent, the problems of poets are the problems of painters, and poets must often turn to the literature of painting for a discussion of their own problems.
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Wallace Stevens Quote: On a few words of what is real in the worldI nourish myself. I defend myself againstWhatever remains.
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Quotes about Wallace Stevens: The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.
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Quote about Wallace Stevens: Of what is real I say,Is it the old, the roseate parent orThe bride come jingling, kissed and cupped, or elseThe spirit and all ensigns of the self?
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Wallace Stevens Sayings: Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.
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Wallace Stevens Saying: Just as my fingers on these keys make music, so the self-same sounds on my spirit make a music too.
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Sayings about Wallace Stevens: It is the sun that shares our works.The moon shares nothing. It is a sea.
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Saying about Wallace Stevens: In European thought in general, as contrasted with American, vigor, life and originality have a kind of easy, professional utterance. American -- on the other hand, is expressed in an eager amateurish way. A European gives a sense of scope, of survey, of consideration. An American is strained, sensational. One is artistic gold; the other is bullion.
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Wallace Stevens Quotes: Life is an affair of people not of places. But for me, life is an affair of places and that is the trouble.
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Wallace Stevens Quote: I was myself the compass of that sea: I was the world in which I walked, and what I saw Or heard or felt came not but from myself; And there I found myself more truly and more strange.
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