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John Ciardi Quotes

(1916-1986), American Teacher, Poet, Writer

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.

Category: America

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea.

Category: Arts And Artists

A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.

Category: Cities And City Life

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.

Category: Colleges And Universities

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.

Category: Hope

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.

Category: Love

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.

Category: Moderation

You do not have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.

Category: Suffering