Quotes by: Wallace Stevens
October 2, 1879|
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
||August 2, 1955
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
||Poet, Insurance Executive
"The Idea of Order at Key West"
"The Man With the Blue Guitar"
The Auroras of Autumn
"Of Modern Poetry"
||Robert Frost Medal (1951)
||Elsie Viola Kachel (m. 1909-1955)
||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.
How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.
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.
After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs.
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.
Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.
The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.
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.
The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.
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.
Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into.
Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
We say God and the imagination are one... How high that highest candle lights the dark.