Top 43 Wallace Stevens Quotes of 2020

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“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.”

― Wallace Stevens

“Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.”

― Wallace Stevens

“We say God and the imagination are one… How high that highest candle lights the dark.”

― Wallace Stevens

“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.”

― Wallace Stevens

“The imagination is man’s power over nature.”

― Wallace Stevens

“Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.”

― Wallace Stevens

“The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.”

― Wallace Stevens

“After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world hangs.”

― Wallace Stevens

“I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections, Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling, Or just after.”

― Wallace Stevens

“Our bloom is gone. We are the fruit thereof.”

― Wallace Stevens

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”

― Wallace Stevens

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.”

― Wallace Stevens

“Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.”

― Wallace Stevens

“In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature.”

― Wallace Stevens

“Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities which it can be made into.”

― Wallace Stevens

“Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires.”

― Wallace Stevens

“It can never be satisfied, the mind, never.”

― Wallace Stevens

“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.”

― Wallace Stevens

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

― Wallace Stevens

“A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.”

― Wallace Stevens

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

― Wallace Stevens

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

― Wallace Stevens

“It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.”

― Wallace Stevens

“In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.”

― Wallace Stevens

“Money is a kind of poetry.”

― Wallace Stevens

“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.”

― Wallace Stevens

“A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.”

― Wallace Stevens

“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.”

― Wallace Stevens

“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.”

― Wallace Stevens

“Intolerance respecting other people’s religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people’s art.”

― Wallace Stevens

“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.”

― Wallace Stevens

“Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!”

― Wallace Stevens

“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.”

― Wallace Stevens

“The poet is the priest of the invisible.”

― Wallace Stevens

“The way through the world is more difficult to find than the way beyond it.”

― Wallace Stevens

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

― Wallace Stevens

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

― Wallace Stevens

“The fire burns as the novel taught it how.”

― Wallace Stevens

“One’s ignorance is one’s chief asset.”

― Wallace Stevens

“The point of vision and desire are the same.”

― Wallace Stevens

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

― Wallace Stevens

“The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire.”

― Wallace Stevens

“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.”

― Wallace Stevens
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