Quotes by: Wallace Stevens
A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.
Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
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.
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.
Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.
I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after.
Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be.
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.
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.
Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires.
In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.