Top 11 Randall Jarrell Quotes

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“The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.”

― Randall Jarrell

“I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can’t read any poetry.”

― Randall Jarrell

“The blind date that has stood you up: your life.”

― Randall Jarrell

“A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.”

― Randall Jarrell

“To Americans, English manners are far more frightening than none at all.”

― Randall Jarrell

“He thinks that Schiller and St Paul were just two Partisan Review editors.”

― Randall Jarrell

“It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life.”

― Randall Jarrell

“One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups, to a child, is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.”

― Randall Jarrell

“In the United States, there one feels free… Except from the Americans – but every pearl has its oyster.”

― Randall Jarrell

“If we meet an honest and intelligent politician, a dozen, a hundred, we say they aren’t like politicians at all, and our category of politicians stays unchanged; we know what politicians are like.”

― Randall Jarrell

“I decided that Europeans and Americans are like men and women: they understand each other worse, and it matters less, than either of them suppose.”

― Randall Jarrell
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