Theodore Roethke

1908 - 1963

A Quote by Theodore Roethke on circumstances, madness, nobility, and soul

What's madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance?

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

Source: "In a Dark Time"

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A Quote by Theodore Roethke on body, god, and soul

God bless the roots! Body and soul are one.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

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A Quote by Theodore Roethke on beginning, darkness, and time

In a dark time, the eye begins to see.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

Source: "In a Dark Time"

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A Quote by Theodore Roethke on congress and life

And what a congress of stinks!- Roots ripe as old bait, Pulpy stems, rank, silo-rich, Leaf mold, manure, lime, piled against slippery planks, Nothing would give up life: Even the dirt kept breathing a small breath.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

Source: Root Cellar, 1948

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A Quote by Theodore Roethke on memory, mountains, purity, serenity, silence, water, and world

All finite things reveal infinitude: The mountain with its singular bright shade Like the blue shine on freshly frozen snow, The after-light upon ice-burdened pines; Odor of basswood upon a mountain slope, A scene beloved of bees; Silence of water above a sunken tree: The pure serene of memory of one man,- A ripple widening from a single stone Winding around the waters of the world.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

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A Quote by Theodore Roethke

The indignity of it!- With everything blooming above me, Lilies, pale-pink cyclamen, roses, Whole fields lovely and inviolate,- Me down in the fetor of weeds, Crawling on all fours, Alive, in a slippery grave.

Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

Source: Weed Puller, 1948

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