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Wallace Stevens Quotes

(1879-1955), American Poet

Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints.

Category: Civilization

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.

Category: Egotism

Democritus plucked his eye out because he could not look at a woman without thinking of her as a woman. If he had read a few of our novels, he would have torn himself to pieces.

Category: Fiction

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.

Category: Imagination

The imagination is man's power over nature.

Category: Imagination

Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.

Category: Intolerance

How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?

Category: Literature

Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.

Category: Literature

As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.

Category: Literature

One cannot spend one's time in being modern when there are so many more important things to be.

Category: Modern And Modernism

They said, ''You have a blue guitar, you do not play things as they are. The man replied, ''Things as they are changed upon a blue guitar.''

Category: Music

All the great things have been denied and we live in an intricacy of new and local mythologies, political, economic, poetic, which are asserted with an ever-enlarging incoherence.

Category: Myth

How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.

Category: Pettiness

Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.

Category: Philosophers And Philosophy

The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.

Category: Philosophers And Philosophy