Quotes by: Wallace Stevens

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Wallace Stevens
Born (1879-10-02)October 2, 1879
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died August 2, 1955(1955-08-02) (aged 75)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Poet, Insurance Executive
Nationality American
Period 1914–1955
Literary movement Modernism
Notable works Harmonium
"The Idea of Order at Key West"
"The Man With the Blue Guitar"
The Auroras of Autumn
"Of Modern Poetry"
Notable awards Robert Frost Medal (1951)
Spouse Elsie Viola Kachel (m. 1909-1955)
Children Holly Stevens (born 1924)

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
How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.
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
After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs.
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
Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.
Wallace Stevens
The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.
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 philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.
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
Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into.
Wallace Stevens
Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
Wallace Stevens
We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark.
Wallace Stevens
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