Wallace Stevens

1879 - 1955

A Quote by Wallace Stevens on truth

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Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Wallace Stevens

Aristotle is a skeleton.

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

Source: Proverb

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A Quote by Wallace Stevens on belief, god, life, and poetry

After one has abandoned a belief in God, poetry is that essence which takes its place as life's redemption.

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

Source: Proverb

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A Quote by Wallace Stevens on time

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

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

Source: Proverb

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A Quote by Wallace Stevens on poets, women, and world

A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman.

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

Source: Proverb

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A Quote by Wallace Stevens on poets

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The poet makes silk dresses out of worms.

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

Source: Proverb

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A Quote by Wallace Stevens on beauty, birds, coaching, fear, imagination, justice, men, mountains, nobility, and women

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird I Among twenty snowy mountains, The only moving thing Was the eye of the blackbird. II I was of three minds, Like a tree In which there are three blackbirds. III The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds. It was a small part of the pantomime. IV A man and a woman Are one. A man and a woman and a blackbird Are one. V I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling Or just after. VI Icicles filled the long window With barbaric glass. The shadow of the blackbird Crossed it, to and fro. The mood Traced in the shadow An indecipherable cause. VII On thin men of Haddam, Why do you imagine golden birds? Do you not see how the blackbird Walks around the feet Of the women about you? VIII I know noble accents And lucid, escapable rhythms; But I know, too, That the blackbird is involved In what I know. IX When the blackbird flew out of sight, It marked the edge Of one of many circles. X At the sight of blackbirds Flying in a green light, Even the bawds of euphony Would cry out sharply. XI He rode over Connecticut In a glass coach. Once, a fear pierced him, In that he mistook The shadow of his equipage For blackbirds. XII The river is moving. The blackbird must be flying. XIII It was evening all afternoon. It was snowing And it was going to snow. The blackbird sat In the cedar-limbs.

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

Source: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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A Quote by Wallace Stevens on accuracy, observation, and thinking

Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Wallace Stevens on play

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

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

Source: "The Man with the Blue Guitar"

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A Quote by Wallace Stevens

At the sight of blackbirds Flying in a green light, Even the bawds of euphony Would cry out sharply.

Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

Source: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, 1923

Contributed by: Zaady

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